Nyarth in Japan – Day 5 – Comiket 90 Day 1

12th August, 2016.

The time had come, and so did I.

The 90th Comic Market – better known as Comiket or specifically for Summer Natsucomi – probably needs no explaining for avid anime and manga fans as being the world’s biggest doujinshi event where independent creatives sell their self-published works. An event where everyone is championed from high-profile doujin creators hitting it big by selling out all their stock in a matter of minutes to the smaller creators who will weep for joy if they have at least just one of their copies sold. A stepping stone for some hoping to gain recognition. A lifetime hobby for others practicing what they love. A treacherous battle royale for everyone else as they fight to plunder the exclusive limited print runs of doujinshi from their favourite circles and artists that may or may not be safe for work. Comiket is an otherworldly celebration for the power of manga free from the creative constraints from corporations and committees – an event that can only ever happen in Japan.

Warning: This post contains some NSFW photos.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 4 – Studio Ghibli Museum

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Our fourth day in Japan was a special one because it was the day we visited the Studio Ghibli Museum!

Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli probably doesn’t need a full introduction as being one the most influential animation studios in the world, enchanting many worldwide through their vivid and imaginative worlds expressed in their portfolio of films. Studio Ghibli of course has been a part of my life from a young age when I didn’t even know that Ghibli was a thing. Whisper of the Heart and Kiki’s Delivery Service will always be my all-time Ghibli favourites. Even though I’m not that much of a die-hard Ghibli fan as other outspoken people tend to be I do appreciate the immaculate attention to detail and craft Studio Ghibli puts into its films for it to gain moderate mainstream appeal.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 3 – Shibuya and Harajuku and Granblue Fantasy

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Hungover from all the high quality anime we injected into our bloodstreams previously in Akihabara, we spent the third day (10th August 2016) in the normie and cool ward of Shibuya – known for its high fashion scene. It was also the day where I met up with my buddy Otamega who I’ve known on the interwebs for a long time and was cool enough to give us a mini tour around Shibuya!

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 2 – Akihabara

Day 2 – our first full day in Japan!

What other way to celebrate this momentous occasion on our first full 24 hours than to visit the Disneyland of Anime; Akihabara! (‘Akiba’ will be used from here on because typing out the long name is a pain).

Akiba was exactly what I had imagined it after seeing it depicted in countless anime and manga for 10+ years as well as seeing snippets of real Akiba from live footage from news and travel videos. Akiba was one of the most fascinating places to visit out of my time in Japan.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 0/1 – Travelling to Japan

It was towards the end of the Summer of 2016. I began drafting this post on the flight back home from Narita until I felt queasy after the plane reached its highest altitude, stopped and passed out in my cramped economy seat with my backpack full of fresh second hand manga volumes of Nisekoi and Hayate no Gotoku! Japanese snacks eating up my leg space. It wasn’t only because of the air sickness which put me off from writing, but it was also because I just couldn’t find the right words to summarise and describe my incredible experience – oh wait, I think I just did it…

On the 7th of August, 2016, I took the plunge to do the thing every anime and manga and Japanese culture fan would always ever dream of; traveling to Japan.

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Nyarth in Vietnam 2010

Two months ago, as you may have heard I visited back to my co-native land, Vietnam, since my last visit 12 years ago, and I was rather surprised to see how much it had changed. Other than the fact that I realised that Vietnam was communist country and communist flags, banners and billboards were everywhere, I had a wonderful time visiting the weird and wonderful ventures of the country. And compared to my previous first-time visit to HK where me and my family were pretty much lonely joes with no proper tour guide, in Vietnam was a lot more welcomed as it was a bit more personal as most of my cousins and relatives live there. I also meet a lot of relatives I never even knew existed!

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Nyarth in Hong Kong 2010 – Day 2

Apologies for the lateness of the coherence of my travel posts covering my trip to HK/VN this summer, as it’s sad to know that I’m rather busy than usual due to take time and post stuff like this.

VIEW MY ENTIRE PHOTO ALBUM OF HK/VN HERE

[ HK 01 / HK O2 / HK 03 / HK 04 ]

[ VN 01 / VN 02 / VN 03 / VN 04 ]

Yep, Facebook was my last resort.

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Nyarth in Hong Kong 2010 – Day 0/1

I finally posted it.

Please note that this is my first travel/overseas post and while having viewed and read a few blogs which frequently consist about them (DannychooFabriceNecro’s…etc), I seem to have a little experience with them. And also I’m splitting my posts into days due to the large batches of photos I want to show. I tried abridging them but I did the best I could, and got it down from an average of 237 per day to around 100. I’ll post the ones I left out I deemed unimportant some place else in the near future.

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