Otaku Shopping in Nakano and Akiba
After returning from their ryokan stay in the rural countryside of Yamanashi, students were presented with numerous opportunies to explore the geekier side of Japan- otaku culture. The word "otaku" exemplifies the program- it's all about manga, anime, and gaming.
At Nakano Broadway, students were able to explore a 13-floor shopping mall that mixes high-end luxury goods with vintage otaku collectibles. Racks upon racks of manga felt like a portal into the past, as archives of ancient anime VHS tapes and laser discs guided them through the art's evolution.
In Ikebukuro, modern titles like Pokemon and My Hero Academia have endless merchandise available, while Akihabara caters to the modern and retro gamer, as well as trading card game players.
My final goodbyes to the 2023 Summer Tokyo Language and Culture Program. Thank you for all the good memories kids and I hope you all continue to learn Japanese; if not, I hope you enjoyed your summer in Japan!
Hello from Tokyo!! Japanese Language and Culture Program, session 2 is sadly almost over. However, during this program, we gained new experiences and learned much about Japanese and Japanese culture... keep reading
As the first half of our immersive language program in Japan drew to a close, our students bid farewell to their host families and hotel friends, brimming with excitement for the next chapter of their journey. Whether it was mastering the art of independence in a hotel setting or adapting to life in a traditional Japanese household, the second half promised new challenges, opportunities, and connections. But before embarking on this next phase, our students were treated to a memorable weekend in the historical mountainous countryside of Nikko.