Iconic Anime from Japan: Creativity and Innovation Abound
Many feel concerned that Japan's innovation advantage in certain industries may wane, but anyone in the know can attest to the existance of a completely New World of Anime creatitvity deep in Japan's sub culture. Light, dark; heavy or wistfull, Japanese Anime is making waves around the world.
Cosplay in Harajuku
Head to Harajuku on a weekend to catch the young and trendy Tokyo crowd! Takeshita dori, the place to find the up-and-coming fashion trends of tomorrow, will be crowded, but a walk is well worth you time. I read an interesting story in Japan Today yesterday about how to deal with your partner being in love with an anime character.
Top 5 Awesome Things About Akihabara
Let's face it, if you have a need to obtain that special thing to satisfy your burning passionate fandom, Akihabara has you covered. Those new volumes of manga you've been dying to read? The new blue ray release of your favorite anime? New costumes you want for your next chance to cosplay? Figurines or action figures from your favorite anime or tokusatsu show?
Akihabara & Studio Ghibli Animation Movie Museum – "Pilgrimage” to both of them in one day
For first comers to Japan, Akihabara and Studio Ghibli are two “must” locations to visit.Personally, I would recommend to visit Studio Ghibli during the day and move to Akihabara (neon-lit street) later in the evening. Studio Ghibli is located in Mitaka and you can easily move to Akihabara from Mitaka for about 40 minutes by a direct train.
Children Love Pokémon (and Pokémon Centers)!
What not so many people know, however, is that there are eight specialty "Pokémon Centers" across Japan where you (ahem, children) can purchase Pokémon character goods - from stickers and badges to foods and stuffed dolls to clothes and many other rare/hard to find items.
Anime Come To Life
Japanese pop culture, particularly anime (short for “animation”) has become one of the country’s iconic exports in recent years and many people globally have become acquainted not only with internationally famous anime as Pokemon, but also more eclectic characters as well. An entire subgenre has sprung up in the past few years, focused almost entirely on the music and art of anime.