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Art from the Edo Period: The Origins of Manga

Few people know that manga, the Japanese version of the comic book, has quite a long history. In fact, the literary form is closer to art than some might like t

Sight in Miyagi

Pokemon Center Tohoku

Pokemon Center Tohoku is a Pokemon specialty store located in Sendai. The store contains many Pokemon character-rela​ted goods, card games and limited edition m


Anime Voice Acting in Niigata, Japan

On our 2nd day here in Niigata, Japan, Joey (The Anime Man), Aki (akidearest) and Shiori try out some more otaku-related activities including voice acting over famous anime, drawing manga and visiting and visiting a cosplay cafe where the women dress up as men!

Sight in Osaka

GEE! Store (Osaka)

Specializing in character goods and cosplay costumes, this branch of GEE! Store is located in the popular Namba area of Osaka.

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The danger of claw games in Japan

Story time! On a bright afternoon in Osaka my two friends, Watanabe, Hikaro and I were strolling around Shinsekai, experiencing the explosion of color surroundi


Cosplay in Niigata |Otaku Themed Day in Japan

We head to Niigata Prefecture to experience all sorts of otaku themed activities with Aki (akidearest) and Joey (The Anime Man)! This is the 1st of a 2 part installment showcasing cosplaying, anime voice acting, manga drawing and many more awesome things to try in this area in Japan.

Sight in Tokyo

Takadanobaba Mikado Arcade

Located in Tokyo's student village of Takadanobaba, this gaming arcade is stocked with vintage gaming machines from the 1980s and 1990s.

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Fan Artist & The World of the Doujinshi

Fan fictions turned into real life!

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Adventures in Akihabara

All anime fans have heard of Akihabara once in their life. It’s the ultimate goal to live the dream and walk down through colorful streets filled with signs of

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Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto - Tips for the Robot Restaurant!

Inevitably, when you come to Japan (or if you're living here, when you have family or friends visit), they'll want a taste of quirky Japan to some degree. I don

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Racing Back onto the Scene: Tamiya 4WD Racers!

Wall full of nostalgiaWhen I was a kid, a type of model race car zoomed into the market and won over the hearts of kids and adults alike.  Tamiya, long known a

Article by Sam Lesmana

What are Tenugui?

I'm here today to present to you one of my favourite things to buy in Japan. I'm not much of a shopper so I don't often buy gifts or souvenirs, however I do mak

Sight in Tokyo


Accessible by Shimokitazawa Station, this shop sells American vintage toys. The items sold at the shop are handpicked personally by the shops's owner, who trave

Sight in Kanagawa

Warehouse (Kawasaki)

Warehouse Kawasaki is a game center modeled after Hong Kong's Kowloon Walled City.

Sight in Oita

Otarabo 'Otaku Laboratory'

If you have any kind of interest in anime, 'Otarabo' is a must visit bar located in the center of Oita City. The impressive amount of figures, magazines and DVDs to keep you entertained is only surpassed by the selection of cocktails on offer!

Sight in Tokyo


Tollywood is a theatre for those who love short films, or simply can’t sit through a full length feature without falling asleep. Some of the best and most meaningful stories can be shorts, so don’t be quick to dismiss it! This is a popular place for the young local movie buffs in the bohemian-esque district of Shimokitazawa. Images from Sabukaru Tokyo

Sight in Tokyo

Mandarake (Nakano)

Mandarake is a chain of stores specialising in manga and anime products. There are a few shops in Tokyo (Nakano being the main one) with a few others dotted acr

Sight in Miyagi

Ishinomori Manga Museum

This museum located in Ishinomaki City features the artworks​ of manga artist and author Shotaro Ishinomori. Manga and anime fans of the Sci-Fi genre may know s

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5 Easy Tips to Help you Stay on Budget at Japan’s Game Centers

Japan’s game centers (arcades) are the best of the best: an endless selection of games, great prizes, and a super fun time! I will say though that for some, the

Sight in Tokyo

Sega VR

Sega VR located in Akihabara is another good find that features a first person shooter alien game called Mortal Blitz which gives you 30 minutes of in-game action. Their 2 versus 2 game links the player up using cables and their other games like Western Cowboy and Tiger Knight, requires the player to sit on the saddles in a shooter game. Their games offer variety and a fun arcade like experience. Keep in mind that you need to purchase each game that you play separately.

Sight in Hyogo

Hello Kitty Smile Awaji Island

Heading to Hyogo prefecture? Well make sure to make a pit stop at Hello Kitty Smile, a complex featuring fine dining restaurants to art galleries and more, all Hello Kitty themed 😻

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Sneak Peek Into to the Permanent Pokemon Cafe in Tokyo

Giving you an exclusive sneak peek into the Pokemon Cafe from yours truly Sharmander and Akidearest!

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International Tokyo Toy Show 2019

Who said it was just for kids? Japan's largest toy trade show going on this weekend at the Tokyo Big Sight 💁🏻‍♀️

Sight in Tokyo

Village Vanguard Shibuya

The quirkest chain store selling character goods, sweets, clothing and more. A definite must place to check out for pop culture fans.

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Asia’s Largest Art Event — Design Festa Tokyo

The 2-day extravaganza that brings artists and art enthusiasts together at the Tokyo Big Sight.

Sight in Tokyo

Futuristic Cyberpunk Maid Cafe Only in Akihabara

The number one maid cafe on TripAdvisor's popularity ranking, a sneak peek into the futuristic cyberpunk maid cafe in Akihabara, Tokyo.

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Underground Male Idol Group: Broom☆

Japan is chock-full of idol groups that have made it big. To fans, they are faraway and untouchable. But what if you could have a more sincere and close-up expe

Sight in Osaka

Kitahama Retro Building

Located opposite the Osaka Securities Exchange and facing Nakanoshima Park, this Western-style two-storey building dates back to 1912. Declared a Registered Tan

Sight in Tokyo

Moomin Bakery & Cafe

This theme bakery and cafe is dedicated to the popular Scandinavian comic and cartoon "The Moomins".

Sight in Oita

Snoopy Tea House (Yufuin)

This cafe and toy store specializes in Peanuts-themed foods and goods. Snoopy is a very iconic character in Japan and has inspired many of the dishes and drinks