The heart of Japanese pop media is anime and manga. In order to prepare well for the upcoming anime convention I’ll be speaking at, I decided to stop by Tokyo on my way back to the States where I met up with my friend Brad and toured Akihabara. This area of Tokyo on the East side of the city is known as being the Mecca of otaku culture. Here you will find department stores with floors and floors full of nothing except carefully sculpted figurines, rare trading cards, some of the most obsessed fans on Earth. It was a very unique experience.
Today I’ll post the best of my photos from the figurines inside the shops. Tomorrow will be the keeper shots from the street and the day after I am very excited about how the video is turning out that Brad and I shot from the excursion.
Also, at this moment I’m likely somewhere over the Pacific. After 2 years in Japan I’m moving back to the USA. On my way home to Maine, I’m stopping off at Otakon, a sizable anime convention in Baltimore, where I am a guest panelist. Woo hoo!