Otaku Shopping in Nakano and Akiba

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Japanese Language & Culture

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Jantzn May

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.