I've been playing otome games for about 2 years now, and I've acquired too many a couple of husbandos. Since I'm in Tokyo, I want to attend otome-related events in the future. So naturally, the best way to show my love is by making an ita bag!

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Getting the badges: I got most of them from K-Books' Otome store. K-Books has multiple stores with different themes in the same area in Ikebukuro, such as games, anime and idols. The store did not have Hakuoki badges, which I was very surprised by, considering that it had new games released recently. I found the 2 Hakuoki badges at Lashinbang Akihabara, a secondhand store. There was a Lashinbang next to K-Books, but it did not have Hakuoki items. I was a little disappointed, as I was hoping to get a Iba Hachiro badge.

Cost-wise, I have seen badges ranging from ¥200 to ¥3200, but the average price for a series that's a few years old is ¥400 - ¥600. This makes ita bags expensive as the costs add up; you would probably have at least 10 badges on your bag.

Finding the bag itself was a little harder. I tried WEGO Ueno but didn't see any. Mandarake had a few, but they were from series that I wasn't interested in. I finally found a large selection at WEGO Ikebukuro, which makes sense since the target demographic would go to Ikebukuro rather than Ueno. They had bags of varying sizes, with prices between ¥2000 - ¥3000. I chose a mid-sized one as a smaller one wouldn't be practical, but a larger one would be more expensive to fill with badges. What I like about it is that it comes with a flap that can hide the badges if you don't want to get weird looks on public transit.

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Another good thing about it is that the display section is detachable, which makes it much easier to put the badges on.

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The main thing I dislike about it is that it looks and feels rather cheap (it's made of canvas), but since it's my first ita bag, I didn't want to splurge on something too expensive.

One mistake I made was buying badges before buying the bag, which resulted in me having some wasted badges that couldn't fit onto the bag (fortunately only 2). So I would recommend buying the bag first.

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Total cost: I estimate that I spent around ¥6000 - ¥7000 on the badges, including the wasted ones, and the bag was around ¥2500. Thus I would recommend setting aside at least ¥10,000 for an ita bag. I chose mostly cheaper badges (under ¥800), or else it would have driven up the cost significantly.

I'm hoping to bring my bag to otome-related meetups or to events like Otomate Party next year!