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Hi! I’m Tracy, and I love anime and manga!

Do you know “Dragon Ball,” “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” and “Gundam”? I bet you have heard at least one of them before! Anime as an art form aesthetic that has reached out from Japan to influence animation and live-action films worldwide. That’s why you were attracted by the title and are reading this article right now!

When someone mentions “anime spots,” most people would think of Akihabara. But there are also some incredible anime spots near where I live in Ikebukuro, and I’m going to tell you all about them!

 

Tokyo Anime and Manga: ANi★CUTE

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ANi★CUTE is an official shop of NIPPON ANIMATION. At ANi★CUTE, you can buy cute goods based on “Chibi Maruko-chan” and “Rascal the Raccoon.” Kids in Japan love these popular anime shows!

You can visit the ANi★CUTE’s Website (via Google translate) for more information. If you want to visit them in person, they are an 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro JR Station (East exit), on the 2nd floor of Sunshine City ALPA. Click on the map below for walking directions!

Sunshine City Tokyo anime and manga spots

TORA NO ANA

TORA NO ANA is one of the top 3 anime stores in Japan. They focus on selling dōjinshi, which are self-published works fan fiction.

There are actually two TORA NO ANA stores in Ikebukuro. Store A is male-oriented and and store B is female-oriented. Be careful! You may become embarrassed if you go into the wrong store.  TORA NO ANA sells adult dōjinshi, and there is no special section where they are by themselves.

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TORA NO ANA (male oriented)

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TORA NO ANA (female oriented)

You can visit the TORA NO ANA’s website (via Google Translate) or follow the male oriented store on Twitter (via Google Translate). If you want to see the female side, you can visit their Twitter (via Google Translate), too! Both are close to Ikebukuro JR Station, and you can find them by clicking on the map above.

 

NAMJATOWN

namjatown Tokyo anime and manga spotsNAMJATOWN is Namco’s theme park for gyoza (Japanese dumplings) and ice cream. Don’t ask why, it’s Japanese! You can have a nice afternoon eating and enjoying the different cartoon attractions! Throughout the year there are special events held in collaboration with popular anime like “Yuri on Ice” or “Osomatsu-kun.” It’s fun!

You can visit the NAMJATOWN’s Website for more information. A little tip to save your money is that buying “Namja After3 Passport”(Unlimited Attractions Pass after 3:00pm) for ¥2,300 helps you save ¥300!  The NAMJATOWN is an 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro JR Station (East exit), 2F of Sunshine City World Import Mart Building, click on the map below for walking directions!

LASHINBANG (らしんばん)

Locating on the Otome Road – a street in Ikebukuro where shops are female oriented(Otome-Kei 乙女系), LASHINBANG is the largest store that specializes in second-hand anime goods. From tiny goods like badges to figures and cushions, you can find anime goods which are not popular anymore. Or sometimes you can find rare goods selling at a lower price here! They have 5 branches  in Ikebukuro, and the following are three stores on the Otome Road.

lashinbang Tokyo anime and manga spotsThe 2-floor LASHINBANG Main Store sells both male and female oriented goods – that means all kinds of anime! You can visit the Main Store Website (via Google Translate) or follow them on Twitter (via Google translate).

lashinbang Tokyo anime and manga spots

The LASHINBANG 2nd Store focuses on female oriented goods and anime CDs. You can visit the their Website (via Google Translate) or follow them on Twitter (via Google translate) .

lashinbang Tokyo anime and manga spotslashinbang Tokyo anime and manga spotsThe LASHINBANG Cosplay Store is on 4F of Animate Sunshine and is full of cosplay costumes and accessories. You can visit their Website (via Google Translate) or follow them on Twitter (via Google translate) .

All of these 3 stores are a 7-minute walk from Ikebukuro JR Station (East exit). Click on the map above for walking directions!

 

ACOS

You can buy everything you need for cosplay in one shop – costumes, wigs, color contact lenses, and even cosmetics are all here! No matter if you are a beginner or are experienced in cosplaying, just come here and you’ll truly enjoy the cosplayers paradise! You can visit the ACOS Website (via Google translate) for more information. If you want to come and buy cosplay stuff, the store is a 7-minute walk from Ikebukuro JR Station (East exit), on the 2nd ~ 3rd floor of animate Sunshine. Click on the map below for walking directions!

 

P’PARCO

Not just for stores of famous teenager Japanese fashion brands, P’PARCO is also a shopping mall. Inside is the headquarters of the big video sharing website “NicoNico” and anime goods stores.

EVANGELION STORE

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The official store for Evangelion and fans will be crazy for the limited items here!
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The Rejet shop is the filled with goods of Otome-Kei anime produced by the Rejet.co, which mainly focusing on games and drama CDs.

THE CHARA SHOP (THEキャラSHOP)the chara shop Tokyo anime and manga spots
The Chara is an online shop for wide variety anime goods. Events collaborating with different anime are held in this physical store and you can buy limited goods here!

Dash Store (ダッシュストア)dash store Tokyo anime and manga spots

Anime collaborated events are held in a short period (that’s why it’s called “Dash Store”), have a grasp of time to get the limited items of your favorite anime here!
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A store that full of “limited” collaborated items which you can only find here!

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You can visit the P’PARCO’s Website (via Google translate) for more information. The shopping mall is right next to Ikebukuro JR Station (East exit), click on the map below for walking directions!

 

K-BOOKS

K-BOOKS is a store chain selling anime goods from old things to newest popular things. There are 13 stores in Ikebukuro, and all of them have different in themes, such as games, otome-kei, idols, etc! Here are two of them located on the Otome Road. Believe me, you won’t want to leave the store once you entered it (like me)!

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The K-BOOKS Anime & Live Store are in the same building where you can find goods of all types of anime on 1F and idol anime on 2F. You can visit the Anime Store Website (via Google translate) or the Live Store Website(via Google translate) to have more information.

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The Otome Store is only a few steps away from the Anime & Live Store that hundreds of otome-kei games and anime can be found here. You can visit the Otome Store Website (via Google translate) to have more information. Both of the stores are a 7-minute walk from Ikebukuro JR Station (East exit) and opposite to the Sunshine City, that means you can go there for shopping after buying anime goods!

 

POKEMON CENTER MEGA TOKYO

pokemon center Tokyo anime and manga spotsIt’s the largest Pokémon Center in Japan! A huge range of goods can be found here. Are you dreaming of becoming a Pokémon master?

Besides Pikachu, you can meet other Pokémon here and “catch” them all to take home! Check the Pokémon Center’s Website and take a 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro JR Station (East exit), 2F of Sunshine City Alpa to see how amazing here is! Click on the map below for walking directions!

 

J-WORLD TOKYOj-world Tokyo anime and manga spots

J-WORLD is a theme park for Shonen Jump, which is the most popular manga magazine in the world. At J-WORLD, you can take photos with the famous manga characters in Shonen Jump such as Son Goku from “Dragon Ball,” Luffy from “One Piece,” Naruto from“Naruto,” and much more!

A warning for you: make sure to come with your stomach empty, because you are going to try the original menu with designs from your favorite manga here!

Another tip to help you travel cheaper is that you can buy tickets online in advance with a ¥100 discount or buy a Night Passport (Unlimited Attractions Pass after 5:00pm) for¥1,800 (you save ¥800)!

Check J-WORLD’s Website or Twitter (via Google translate) or Facebook (via Google translate) for more information! The characters are waiting you at the 3F of the Sunshine City World Import Mart Building, which is an 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro JR Station (East exit). Click on the map below for walking directions!

ANIMATE IKEBUKURO

animate ikebukuro Tokyo anime and manga spotsThe animate Ikebukuro is a 9-floor store with anime goods and an anime-collaborated cafe. It is the largest anime goods store in the world. It is famous not only because of the large stock of anime-related items, but also for the events held here such as anime exhibitions, autograph sessions of illustrators, and talk shows with voice actors.

When you step into animate, it’s just like you have entered into an  anime world where anime-related things are everywhere! You can definitely spend half a day exploring it! Visit animate Ikebukuro’s Website or Twitter (via Google translate) to find out what’s new! It is a 5-minute walk from Ikebukuro JR Station (East exit), and you can easily find it by its recognizable logo on a tall building. Click on the map below for walking directions!

 

So you can see that there are many must-go places for anime fans in Ikebukuro. All of them are full of “treasures”! Make sure to visit!

February 17, 2017 0 comment
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Kiddy Land Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Kiddy Land Harajuku

Kiddy Land Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Standing five stories tall, Kiddy Land Harajuku is a unique toy store that offers a wide range of goodies for all ages.  The first floor hosts a huge variety of eye-catchers such as katana umbrellas, electric joy buzzers, and miniature soda can taps. Below the first floor is the popular Snoopy Town, home to the creations of Charles Schulz.

Kiddy Land Harajuku Snoopy Tokyo Japan

Fans of Hayao Miyazaki will enjoy the second floor of  Kiddy Land Harajuku, as half of it is completely dedicated to toys from Studio Ghibli.  There are giant Totoro plushies, Kiki’s Delivery Service hand towels, Howl’s Moving Castle figurines, and much more. The second floor is also home to the Disney section, where customers can peruse offerings from the Cinderella classics all the way to the latest animated features.

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The third floor features various Lego, Star Wars, and Gundam toys.

On the fourth floor, customers will find shelves upon shelves of Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma dolls.

Kiddy Land Harajuku Rilakkuma Tokyo Japan

Kiddy Land Harajuku  aims to help “dreams come true” for both children and adults alike. They are constantly receiving new toys and plushies, so be sure to check out their Arrivals page to see what is new! When you come to Tokyo, be sure to visit Kiddy Land Harajuku and pick up a unique souvenir of your favorite character! I mean really, how could you not want a giant Totoro plushie?!?!

Kiddy Land Harajuku Store Information

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Nearest Station: 7-minute walk from Harajuku JR Station, 5-minute walk from Meijijingu-mae Subway Station

Hours of Operation: Open weekdays 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sat-Sun-Holidays 10:30 am – 9:00 pm

“Why Go?”: To get all of those wonderful toys!

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Akihabara, or Akiba for short, is arguably one of the hottest places to visit during your stay in Tokyo.  Known for its appeal to the otaku of Japan, Akiba is lined with shops filled to the brim with electronics, PC parts, video games, manga, and let us not forget, anime, and the sound of good old-fashioned fun floods the entrances of the many arcades scattered throughout the district.

However, as exciting as the area can be, it can also be just as overwhelming. For the first time visitor, this means that many of Akiba’s greatest gems may be overlooked.  That’s why we’ve compiled a rough list of shops to help you make the most out of your first trip to Akiba.  Though not large, you will want to free up at least an entire day to explore the area.

Maid Cafes

Photo credit: Maid @ Akiba by Miki Yoshihito

First thing is first, one of the essential must-have experiences while in Japan is the infamous maid cafe.  Generally speaking, most maid cafes offer pretty much the same services. Waitresses dress up in frilly maid costumes and serve tea to customers while speaking in their cutesy maid cafe lingo.  Customers can also pay to play games or have more personal conversation with the maids. Traditional maid cafe foods such as the ever popular omelette rice are available to snack on.  Here are a few which are sure to satisfy the moe in all of you.

Cure Maid Cafe – While certainly not as niche as many of the maid cafes lining the streets of Akihabara, Cure definitely sticks to tradition.  One of the first maid cafes in Akiba, Cure is definitely worth checking out, if only to say you’ve been.

Maidreamin Cafe Franchise – In contrast to Cure’s hidden presence, Maidreamin does everything in its power to make customers browsing the streets of Akiba aware of its many locations scattered throughout the electronic district.  When you imagine “maid cafe”, you are probably picturing a place exactly like Maidreamin.  Definitely a must-have experience while in the wonderful city of Tokyo.

 Electronics Stores/All purpose

Photo credit: Akihabara by Danny Choo

Part of the allure of Akihabara is the incredible selection of electronics.  In fact, the district is commonly referred to as Electric Town.  Shoppers from all over the world come here to find unique computer parts, household appliances, as well as specialty parts.  While there are seemingly infinite small shops scattered throughout Akiba, here are some of the most noteworthy (which all happen to be duty free).

Sofmap – Offering over 6 floors worth of all things electronic/otaku, Sofmap is very hard to miss.  Everything from computer parts, to cell phone cases, to secondhand games/figurines, and to an entire floor dedicated almost entirely to headphones/earbuds can be found in this retail giant.  Definitely worth checking out for anyone wanting to see all of the new nifty electronics coming out of Tokyo.

Laox – While Laox has an excellent selection of electronic goods, it also sells a wide variety of other merchandise.  Housewares, hobby goods, and clothing to name a few.  Laox separates itself from the rest of the competition with its incredible prices and wide selection of goods.

Akky 1/2/International – Very much like Laox in regards to merchandise, although this retail chain is a bit more foreigner friendly.  It also boasts a fairly respectable souvenir section.  There are a total of three Akky’s in Akihabara.  Akky 1, Akky 2 and Akky International.

Robot Shops (VStone/Kondo/Tsukumo Robot Kingdom) – That’s right, shops dedicated entirely to robots.  Robot parts, robot casings, robot paint, etc.  You may not be an expert in robotics, but this is definitely a very essential experience during your stay in Japan.  Some even host robot competitions.  There are several robot shops throughout Akiba, and quite honestly they are pretty well hidden.  However, it is definitely worth the search.

Anime & Manga

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It’s virtually impossible to make your way through Akihabara without running into at least one anime shop.  While they all are fairly interesting in their own ways, there are a few gems which bring the best of all anime shops under one roof.

Mandarake – Perhaps one of the more popular anime shops in Akiba, Mandarake is 8 floors of Otaku heaven.  With each floor focusing on a different aspect of the anime genre, it is almost impossible not to find something interesting.  They even have two floors dedicated entirely to hentai/yaoi.

Animate – Animate is a well known company specializing in selling all things anime. Very similar to it’s flagship Ikebukuro store, the Akihabara store is no less impressive.  Plan to spend a few hours sorting through the impressive collection of anime goods.

K-Books – One of the largest collections of Manga under one roof, K-Books offers an incredible selection at very hard to argue with prices.  Be warned, however, that a majority of the manga here is in Japanese.

Arcades

Photo credit: Taito Station Akiba by Jaakko Hakulinen

Shopping and eating seem to be reoccurring themes in Tokyo.  That’s why the handful of arcades in each part of the city can be an incredibly refreshing break from Tokyo’s intense shopping culture.  Akihabara is no exception, and with tons of arcades lining its sidewalks one can spend hours playing all of the latest and best arcade games in Japan.

Taito Hey! – Taito is the largest chain of arcades in Japan.  It’s almost impossible not to find one in every busy prefecture.  Akihabara hosts the largest of these incredibly fun-filled gaming factories.  All of the most obscure games one can imagine, along with the most popular ones, can be found in this multi-floor arcade.

Sega – Club Sega is very much like Taito.  The main difference is Club Sega’s focus on claw games.  Many Akiba-ites can be found here trying their hand at winning rare prizes.  Tired of gaming?  Take a step up to one of the upper floors for some super fun Purikura.

Super Potato – One of the longest standing game stores in Akihabara, Super Potato hosts perhaps the most impressive collection of retro games.  Hidden on the top floor is a retro arcade which many Akiba-ites come to in order to relieve some stress and to have a good time.

While each of these shops are fun and unique in their own way, they are certainly not all that Akihabara has to offer.  We definitely recommend taking the time to thoroughly walk the streets to find some of the countless gems hidden away within this electric paradise.  Akiba is and will continue to be intimidating to newcomers.  However once you’re able to sort through the madness, it quickly becomes one of the most pleasant places in Tokyo.

 

June 8, 2016 0 comment
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Akihabara Electronics FI, Tokyo, Japan

Behind the bright lights and glamour of the main streets of Akihabara are a large number of tiny shops that sell specialty “junk.” These stores usually focus on one type of item,  but many have a thrift-store feel where they offer various random “junk.” Even if you aren’t one of those people who build or repair things, it’s amusing to wade through the Japanese kitsch to see entire stores dedicated to electrical wires or retro electronics or strange little key chain devices that you now suddenly can’t do without. One of my favorite stores was the light bulb shop (near the AKB48 café) that specialized in every kind of light bulb you can imagine.

Akihabara Tokyo Light Store

Light Store 2 Akihabara Tokyo
In this row of Akihabara Electronics junkyard shops, you can also buy used phones and laptops. So if you’re visiting Tokyo and something happens to your phone, a cheaper alternative might be to just visit Akihabara’s back streets and get a used iPhone (stores had a used iPhone 5 16gb priced at ¥17,800).

If you’re the kind of person that builds your own stuff, Akihabara Electronics stores on the backstreet is your best source for equipment. Here you can purchase inexpensive electric and electronic parts in order to repair your older items or to bring your mad-science projects to life. While one store might focus on electric parts, another might focus on light bulbs or radios. In addition to the electronic parts, the stores here seem to focus on various niche markets. I even found a store selling used Nintendo DS for ¥1000! I wonder if it works…and if it doesn’t maybe I can fix it with some of the parts I can buy here!

Nintendo DS Lite Akihabara Tokyo

Finding the back streets is not difficult. Simply follow a side street from the main road (Chuo Dori, away from the JR station) and follow the people into the alleys and between the buildings. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you feel like you’re in a flea market.

Akihabara Back Street Electronics Tokyo
I would recommend coming before night time, because you will need a good amount of time to look through all of the nick-knacks and doodads that crowd every part of Akihabara’s Junkyard Row.

STREET INFORMATION

Location: Akihabara. Take the Electric Town exit from the Akihabara JR station (either side). Cross the Chou Dori and go back a street or two.

Hours: Various. All stores are usually open by noon.

“Why Go?”: Replace your broken phone with a cheap substitute, buy some electronic parts, and discover weird little devices for yourself or to give as a gift.

February 25, 2016 0 comment
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Taito Hey! Akihabara, Tokyo Japan

Taito Game Centers have become a staple in Japanese entertainment.  In fact one can be found in almost every district within the great city of Tokyo.  One can spend hours upon hours lost in front of their game of choice.  In fact, its recommended you set aside at least a few hours out of the day in order to fully enjoy the Taito experience.  And what better Taito to do this at than in the largest location, located in none other than Akihabara, Taito Hey!

Taito Hey! occupies three floors within the Hirose Entertainment Yard.  It is within the Taito Hey! gaming area where Akiba-ites will find perhaps the largest and most extensive collection of shooter arcade games in perhaps all of Tokyo.  Otaku and tired salary-men alike come to both relieve stress and to get their dose of adrenaline for the day.  Once they are satisfied with all of the shoot-em-ups, Taito Hey! also offers a wide array of alternative arcade genres, including the infamous claw game.  Claw games which grant prizes ranging from plush toys, to risque anime figurines, to iPad Airs.

In the heart of Akihabara, the infamous Taito logo has been a popular meeting spot for visitors of the “Electric Town”.  The logo stands high among the many tall buildings which comprise Akihabara (Title Pic).  Next time you are in the area, keep your eyes to the sky and make your way to this gamers haven for what will most certainly be a very good time.

Address:4-2-2 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo-to
GPS:35.7003388, 139.772097719
Telephone:03-5289-8445

October 22, 2014 0 comment
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Akihabara is the global cultural hub for all things related to anime and manga. With such a vast treasure trove of varied literature found within the bustling district, K-Books is the place to go for an organised and centralised shopping experience. K-Books is by far the best location for discovering everything that has to do with anime, manga, otaku, and Japan’s underground culture. Just off of Chou-dori, K-Books is a monolithic multi-story building that is jam-packed with all things Akihabara inspired and desired.

The first floor of this sprawling store is mostly dedicated to manga and anime magazines. The sheer variety of manga on this floor is astounding, but everything is neatly organised into subsections, allowing for a streamlined shopping experience. You will be able to find those old classics from your childhood (Hello Inu Yasha and Sailor Moon!) in their original bound volumes as well as stumbling upon brand new series that you never knew existed. Although there is a dearth of mangas with English language serialisations at the store, those who have yet to master the Japanese language will be happy to find art books of some of their favorite series that can only be found in Japan. No matter what your language level is, manga fans of all backgrounds will be able to find something to sink their teeth into.

Reaching the upper levels of K-Books is when things get interesting, intriguing, and downright weird. Some of these floors are mostly 18+ because of the nature of the photo-books and the body-pillows, but the other levels of this store are open to fans of all ages. A combination of both vintage and fresh new toys of a plethora of series are found throughout the various floors. Especially check out the third floor where you will find a maze of keychains and miniature action figures. K-Books also caters to those who are fans of the girl group AKB48 as they sell an impressive collection of idol goods as well as the light-up wands that you see fans waving at AKB48 concerts.

If you are already a fan of Akihabara or intrigued by the culture that fuels this electric town then K-Books will be the perfect place to dedicate a few hours of your day.

K-Books Akihabara Store Information

Website (via Google Translate) ||| Twitter (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: Two-minute walk from Akihabara Station (Keihin-Tohoku, Hibiya, Yamanote and Chuo-Sobu lines)

Hours of Operation: Open weekdays 11:30 am – 8pm, Saturdays and Holidays 11am – 8pm

“Why Go?”: A taste of Japan’s diverse literary culture in a world-famous electric district

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October 22, 2014 0 comment
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Club Sega game center, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

Game centers are an integral part of having fun and spending a little free time in Japan – especially in Akihabara. You will be able to find several multi-leveled game centers all around Akihabara, but Club Sega is know for its crane games as well as for its variety. It is hard to miss the Club Sega game center with the unmistakable red sides and white lettering popping out. At night, Club Sega is a sight to behold when the whole building lights up with a pulsing and flashing light show. Day or night, the inside of Club Sega is an oddly exhilarating assault on the senses.

The first and most of the second floor is dedicated to a slew of crane games with almost any kind of prize imaginable. You can win items as large and expensive as a PSP or iPad to smaller, but maybe just as coveted, anime girl figurines. Do you like plush toys big and small? Then try your hand at the crane game filled with enormous Sanrio character plush toys or the more petit crane game that is filled with pocket sized super kawaii characters. If you want a snack and are up for a challenge, try to feed that need to nosh at the Pocky crane game.

The fourth level is dedicated to the wholly Japanese girl traditional photo booths called Purikura, but the rest of Club Sega is filled with button smashing, fighting games, and the latest music video games. Bring your friends along and challenge each other to a manic game of air hockey or get the beat down on them in a one on one fighting match on a Dragonball Z game. Several of these games may seem like a good way to let off a little steam after a rough day, but there are several customers of game centers that come regularly in hopes of honing their skills over the course of hours in order to get their name up on the leader boards. You will probably see one or two of these game center masters with water and tea bottles gathering around their feet, but try not to break their zen-like focus.

If you are going to be taking a trip to the electronic capital of Japan, Akihabara, it is a must that you head over to a game center.

Address:1-10-9 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6940027, 139.75381632
Telephone:03 – 5256 – 8123
Web: http://location.sega.jp

October 22, 2014 0 comment
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Assist Harajuku shopping Tokyo Japan

Assist On Harajuku shopping Tokyo Japan

Have you ever been on the internet and saw some kind of wacky invention from Japan and thought, “Who makes this stuff?” or more importantly, “Where can I buy this stuff?” Of course the answer to the latter question can be found just off the wacky and wild Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Beyond the fashion boutiques in this area that is filled with plastic parfait earrings and Barbie doll head necklaces, you can find the mecca where you can buy all of “that stuff” you have heard legends and tales about. The equally bizarrely named Assist On/a++ is past the famous Takeshita-dori and on the halfway point between Harajuku and Omotesando, Meiji-dori. In this small grotto of a shop specializing in all things odd, weird, and strangely cute you can be sure to find a tool to make your life all that much more interesting and (hopefully) helpful.

If you have seen the ubiquitous “Ostrich Pillow,” this is the kind of place that would have it (and they do)! If you want a little do dad for your home, office, school, dorm room, or any place that needs an injection of ease and help then Assist On/a++ should have something to help you out! Although the items for sale in the Harajuku shop may tend to lean towards the bizarre in terms of their purpose, they way everything looks is actually beautiful. The shape and style of each item is simple and clean. For example, a letter opener takes the shape of a mod little song bird or thumbtacks with tops in the shape of tiny sprouts that come in a box with brown foam to simulate a garden. Assist On/a++ also has a variety of items to keep all of your technology neat and organized. Items range from rubber coils with miniature face that are designed to keep wires separate and untangled to water proof smartphone cases with an attachable stand so that when you are using your phone for a recipe there will be no fear of that marinara sauce doing any damage to your phone.

The kids can benefit from the items for sale at Assist On/A++ too! If you have had a fear that your child will take a tumble on the train because they can’t reach the handles over their head, Assist On/a++ has one for sale that you can attach to your bag! You can also get them a lampshade in the shape of a friendly ghost that emits a soft light that is perfect for bed time (this one is also great for the kid at heart).

If you are looking for those particular kinds of wacky and weird gadgets that you have heard of on the internet then head to Harajuku and give Assist On/a++ a visit!

Assist On Harajuku shopping Tokyo Japan

Assist On/A++ Harajuku Store Information

Website

Nearest Station: 13-minute walk from Harajuku JR station (JR Yamanote Line)

 

Hours of Operation: 11:30 am to 7:30 pm daily.

“Why Go?”: You can get the weird stuff!

October 21, 2014 0 comment
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DISK UNION

The constant stream of pop idol bands and the ever growing influence of imported pop music and rap in Japan can get to be a little bit exhausting. Sometimes all that one needs for a little bit of music therapy is some good old fashioned tunes from the days of rock and roll, but this too can be hard to find at times. Good thing that there is an outlet for those old school hard rockers and new age hipsters in love with vintage vinyl records. Just head on over to Shinjuku along Yasukuni-dori to the vintage vinyl and CD heaven of Disk Union, just a short walk from JR’s Shinjuku station. There you can find just the right beat or riff that suits your individual music tastes.

The outside of Disk Union may be a little understated but do not be fooled by their cover. The inside of Disk Union is a seven floor (without including the basement floor) mecca for any kind of music genre and band that you can dream up. If you have heard it before on the radio, internet, or music streaming website then you can probably find that exact record at Disk Union as well as something new to take home and experience. Each floor of Disk Union is dedicated to a different genre or type of music accessory. For example, the entirety of the first floor is dedicated to rock music, in both vinyl and CD form. The basement floor is dedicated to Japanese rock and roll if you love that genre but are looking for something new to add to your iPod (or practice your Japanese a little bit while listening to music at the same time). What is a unique and fantastic aspect of Disk Union is that not only do they sell the vinyl for you to collect and cherish, they also sell the accessories in order to fully enjoy your vintage vinyl purchase! If you need a new needle for your record player, they have it and even if you need the full monty in order to listen to your new vinyl you can buy it right then and there at Disk Union.

Disk Union is not just well versed in the golden oldies. They also have floors dedicated to Hip Hop and R&B as well as another floor filled with House, Techno, and Trance records and CDs. If you love the underground rave scene or have a thing for going to Grateful Dead revival concerts, you will be able to satisfy your music tastes.

If you are ever in the Shinjuku area, be sure to make Disk Union one of your stops for seven floors of ultimate music variety.

Address:3-31-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6926559, 139.7040412
Telephone:03 – 3352 – 2691
Web:http://diskunion.net/shop/ct/shinjuku_club

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 21:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 21:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 21:00
Thursday:11:00 – 21:00
Friday:11:00 – 21:00
Saturday:11:00 – 21:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
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Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Tokyo, Japan

Straight from Denmark, Flying Tiger Copenhagen opened its first Japanese store in Osaka back in 2012. Its popularity has grown to the point that it now has multiple branches throughout Tokyo in Kichijoji, Ginza, Machida, Odaiba, Ikebukuro, and our favorite, Omotesando.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Tokyo, Japan

Flying Tiger Copenhagen Omotesando sells the necessary odds and ends to fill even the smallest of homes with organizational goodness. Their selection of woven baskets, simple yet stylish glassware, throw rugs, and pillows are seemingly endless. This means that you can get those “necessary” items your mother-in-law wants you to have without wasting time at an overpriced home goods boutique. Not married? Well, Flying Tiger Copenhagen will help you upgrade from your plain white plates and kitty mugs so you can impress your special someone.

No matter the reason for buying home goods, it can be hard to find something sophisticated and utilitarian, yet affordable. Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Tokyo does you even one better – the touch of whimsy that runs through their products makes shopping for home goods a fun & creative adventure. So when you visit, be sure to take your time and soak it all in!

For more affordable things to do (i.e., buy) in Omotesando, check out our article Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen Omotesando Store: 表参道ストア
Address:4-3-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6691434, 139.70666419999998
Telephone:81 – 03 – 6804 – 5723
Email:info@tiger-stores.jp
Web: 
http://www.flyingtiger.jp/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
Friday:11:00 – 20:00
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
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