So i’ve finished my four weeks in Japan and it was a fantastic experience. I’ve got plenty of photos to share of Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto, though unfortunately my timing was slightly off for being able to see cherry blossoms so many of the areas appeared a great deal more barren than they would in late Spring or Summer.
There was definitely a culture shock when I arrived; I never expected anime to be entirely accurate concerning their country of origin though, so I was prepared. The differences came mainly in how darned crowded everywhere was (roughly 127,000,000 people in Japan, compared to 4,500,000 for my home of New Zealand fit into about the same space), the cleanliness/brightness of the cities (which is obviously played up in anime) and also the general spaciousness of streets (which are teeny tiny in reality!). The people, however were always polite and friendly!
One of my favorite aspects of Japan were its vending machines. Stuck out in the cold rain? Around every corner there’s a hot chocolate or coffee for only 100 Yen, it’s fantastic.
Now, enjoy Akihabara!
Akihabara has a huge number of stores for both new a second-hand goods. Plenty of anime, manga and video games that I couldn’t understand. Figure-hunting can take up a huge amount of time with lots of shops renting out display space to individual sellers. A 900 Yen figure will be 50,000 Yen just two glass cases away so it’s hard to know when you’re getting a good deal (or when the figure is a bootleg!).
Because i’m still catching up with older anime instead of watching new releases my tastes were about two years too old for the merchandise on sale. Fate/Stay Night stuff was common enough with the new UFOTable release, however, and fan favorites are still available. Things like Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online and Idolmaster/Love Live are reasonably easy to find merchandise for if you have the time to look.
Now enjoy Akihabara at night!
I stayed in a capsule hotel, which was really quite nice despite being very cheap.
Unfortunately I only had a very short time in Tokyo, so enjoy some scenic and then fun pictures to finish off this installment.
Next time, Nagoya, shrines and residential Japan!