The vast suburban area which lies west of shinjuku has traditionally been home to an eclectic group of creative people (writers, musicians, etc.), including many manga and anime artists who, especially in the past, used to live...
If Akihabara is the official, attention-hungry side of otaku tokyo, nakano is its opposite, both geographically and temperamentally. It's quietly going about its business without fanfare, yet attracting thousands of dedicated manga and anime fans by the...
While technically located in setagaya ward, this laidback bohemian district is just a three-minute train ride from shibuya and absolutely worth a detour. This neighborhood, after all, is regularly voted by local youth as one of the...
Though shibuya ward is not particularly famous as an otaku spot, it actually has a lot to offer to treasure hunters and urban explorers alike. Many things have happened since the 17th century, when the district was...
Walking through youth fashion central these days, it’s hard to believe that during the feudal period ninja were quartered here and even had their own shrine (onden jinja, 5-26-6 jingumae), while the local farmers cleaned rice and...
Tokyo is a city of specialized neighborhoods, each one devoted to a particular trade (musical instruments in ochanomizu, kitchen utensils in kappabashi, textiles in nippori, etc). And if you are a second-hand, vintage/rare book lover, you must...
One good thing about Akihabara is that most of the shops are concentrated in a relatively small area west of the station and even the farthest ones can be reached on foot in 5–10 minutes. Chuo-dori (the...

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