If you love all things Disney, like me, you'll find that Japan is a gold mine of Disneyana. For those who might not already be familiar with the term Disneyana are collectable products produced by the Walt Disney Company. There is a wide range of products which fall into this description but for the sake of this post we're talking about pins.
Unlike in the theme parks around the United States the concept of Disney Pin Trading didn't really take off here in Japan. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't a bunch of Disney collectable pins out there for you to enjoy and collect. Throughout the time that I have been here in Japan I have searched diligently to find some of these pins because I figure that even though they are not your typical Disney Trading type pin they are still fun to have in my collection.
One of the great things about being in Japan is that the Japanese people really seem to embrace things that are cute and therefore Disney is pretty much everywhere. That being said there have been a number of Disney pins which have been released over the years. The sets come in all shapes, sizes and can be obtained in any number of ways. Some may be prizes in UFO Prize grab games where as others may come with the purchase of a drink or candy.
Don't let the fact that these come with a drink of the purchase of a candy bar fool you either, these are collectors items and are usually part of a set. For example the Pluto pin above featuring Pluto in Egypt is part of a 26 pin set which features the Fab 5 in various countries around the world dressed in iconic wear from the area. Much like other collectors sets some are more common where as others are harder to find.
Although these pins might not be eligible for trade at the Disney theme parks as part of Pin Trading they are certainly something interesting to add to your collection, especially if you are a fan of Disneyana. So how do you get your hands on something like this? If you're here in Japan keep a keen eye out while you are shopping especially at convenience stores. you never know what you might find. If you're outside of Japan there are various sellers on ebay who sell some of these items.