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Well folks, this is it! It's been a great six months writing about the most fascinating place I've had the pleasure of visiting, and hopefully you'll benefit from what I had to say when you make your own pilgrimages over ther...
Ever wondered what it would be like to cut Tokyo in half, then stick it together the wrong way around? That's what Kyoto is. Probably.
Welcome back to JapanaTour, where we'll be looking at Kyoto as our very last location. Don't worry, I still have something planned for the last instalment next week, but this'll be the last locale until I save enough money for a return trip!
I certainly have some vivid memories of Kyoto. Perhaps for all the wrong reasons, but memories nonetheless! If you're a portly fellow like myself, be wary about hills and heat in the summer, that's all I'll say! Still, there's some fantastic things to see here, so join me after the jump for the penultimate JapanaTour!
I had to get around to this eventually, didn't I? There's a lot to say and a lot to love about Japanese arcades, and you'll no doubt spend a good amount of time rooting around them if you should ever make it over to the land of the rising sun. Hopefully I'll give you an idea of what you can find there, as well as recommend some games and places to check out.
I also have to announce that this features days are numbered! Unfortunately, as I'm running out of things to cover, there are only going to be two more JapanaTour articles after this one. No need to celebrate just yet, as that's still a few weeks away! Until then, check this one out after the jump.
I've opted to use 'tourist' instead of 'pilgrimage' from now on, mainly because not all of the places I feel I should talk about really count as an otaku pilgrimage. Not that it really matters, but it makes me feel better about it!
Three more places to talk about this week, which includes pandering over Ueno Zoo, doing as Krauser did at the Tokyo Tower, and finally winding down at the home of the Japanese emperor; the Imperial Palace. You've definitely got to do the sights while you are there, even if you plan to spend your entire holiday in Akihabara!
Today's episode of JapanaTour is all about the wander festival, where thousands of people gather in a large field to walk about aimlessly.
Actually, I lied, as that's next weeks instalment. This week will be all about Wonder Festival (or WonFes for short), the figure collectors heaven! There are a lot of similarities you can draw between this and Comiket, but there are plenty of differences too.
You should join me after the jump, but first you'll have to queue here patiently. For a few hours.
Today's episode of JapanaTour is all about the electric spectacle that is famous for it's fashion, music and stormtroopers.
When Japan is mentioned, a lot of people automatically assume that the entire country is a busy metropolis with big neon signs and huge TV's glaring down at the people below. Tokyo is a lot like this for the most part, but the one place that really felt like that Japan I'd been picturing as a kid was Shibuya.
Join me after the jump for some talk about this haven for the Japanese youth!
Today's episode of JapanaTour is brought to you by the letter φ.
I'm not sure if you are aware, but Sega is a pretty big deal in Japan. Sega owned arcades are fairly commonplace in Tokyo, so there's no surprise that they have their own theme park. No seriously, they have their own theme park.
We'll be speeding off via sky train to check out Odaiba, the magical concrete mass that provides the home for such a place. Even if Sega don't tickle your fancy, you may want to read up on this place should you ever wish to attend the quiet gathering people call Comiket. That in mind, I'll see you past the jump!
I'll admit, I'm nearing the end of places I can write about. Having only visited the country on holidays, my time there has been rather limited, so I figure it's high time I focus on some of the more specific places you might want to visit. I'll be talking about three particular stores/places in each of these articles, rather than locations like it my other articles, so I suppose you can consider this as an expansion pack of sorts. Expansion packs are cool.
So, as you may know, the term 'otaku' isn't exclusive to anime fans. The places I talk about after the jump will cover many interests, so pay that some mind! Without further ado, I bring you Kotobukiya, the Jump Store and the almighty Pokémon Centre!
Apologies for the two weeks of no-show, I had a really silly deadline at University I had to make amongst other things. But never mind that, as this week we'll be heading to lands once trodden by the One-Eyed Dragon himself. It's another place outside of Tokyo, and very much a place to visit if you fancy learning a little about Date Masamune's influence during the Sengoku period. The rest of you can ride around the place on a motor-horse, just don't tell them I sent you.
Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that are created by mashing my fingers on a keyboard until something half legible appears. Raising the bar, folks!
It's time for a second trip into the otaku wonderland known as Akihabara, where we'll be focusing on some of the weird and wacky eateries you can visit. Unfortunately, I couldn't eat absolutely everywhere on my trips over there, so I may miss out one of your favourites. If that happens, let us know all about it in the comments, but for now, follow me to the other side!
Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that should never be made wet, exposed to sunlight or fed after midnight.
Continuing from last week, we will be staying out of Tokyo to take a look at Osaka. Wait, Osaka? Honmaya! Like Sendai, it's an interesting place to visit if you plan on being a little touristy and want to learn about Japanese history, but there are also places that will cater for your inner otaku. Time to dig out that rail pass and hop on the shinkansen again!
Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that are written in my spare time, between watching Pokémon, Godzilla and Ghibli films.
The next few JapanaTour articles are going to feature places outside of Tokyo, where the shinkansen mentioned in the previous article will become extremely handy. You'll especially need it when visiting Hiroshima, as it is quite a distance away! Of all the places outside of Tokyo you can visit, Hiroshima is definitely at the top of my list of recommended destinations. Read on after the jump to find out why.