Nyarth in Japan – Day 8 – Tokyo Station and Accel World Movie

15th August 2016.

Destroyed from the crazy Comiket weekend as well as the accumulating fatigue throughout the week on top we decided sleep in called it a rest day. This day marked the end of our first full week in Japan and marking the start our second. This was also the chance to spend the morning figuring out how to use the coin operated washing machine in the communal kitchen as our worn clothes were piling up (also my first time using a top-loading washing machine!).

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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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Japan’s Crisis

As you’ve all probably already heard on Friday 11th March last week, a massive magnitude 8.9 Earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, as a result a massive devastating tsunami struck Japan taking the lives of thousands of people and totally wiping out several towns and cities nearby, most especially the city of Sendai, on the places near where the tsunami struck.

By now on the net you’ve most likely already came into lots of links to donate to Japan and do our bit as much as possible to help out a happy, friendly and lively country in its time of need. Sadly in my neck of the woods there aren’t that many places to donate money to help in Japan’s crisis (most dominated by Comic Relief .__.) however I will in some shape or form donate my bit of cash in aid to help as much as possible, even if I am currently on a exceedingly low budget. To all my readers too I strongly suggest you donate to help Japan in its time of desperate need. The links in question;

https://american.redcross.org/site/SPageServer?s_subsrc=RCO_NewsArticle&pagename=ntld_main&s_src=RSG000000000

http://www.ifrc.org/en/get-involved/donate/donation/
http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/
http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/fundraiser/prevfund/gg.html?regid=4830
http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=38380&tid=001

My deepest feelings, heart and condolences to the people of Japan and anyone who has unfortunately been caught up in this devastating disaster and wish you all the best of luck to get out of this safely.

It’s unfortunate to see most of this season’s anime, weekly manga doses and other related goods releases and wotnot to be delayed until further notice. But not much as unfortunate to the people who have been heavily inflicted in this devastating natural disaster. Every morning since I turn on the telly to BBC Breakfast and see the updates of the disaster in Japan. Footage of the tsunami breaking through countless towns and cities like dust being rehashed. Horrific pictures, recordings, interviews of the people that are in need most desperately, and also in depth and close live coverage on NHK World. First the earthquake, then the tsunami, and now the multiple nuclear meltdowns and fears of mass nuclear radiation. It’s almost like as if the people of Japan can’t even get one second of rest. Awful. Just awful to the bitter soul… haven’t they suffered enough shit?

And to all the immature senseless insensitive idiots out there who seem to think it’s really funny or superior to make/profit from offensive and racist comments and jokes, fuck you all. I don’t give a damn shit about how this is ‘karma’ for Pearl Habor, or ‘Divine Retribution’ that Japanese people are being too immoral or selfish or the fact that this proves to the Japanese that God is real. Tens of thousands of people are either missing or even dead and millions more that luckily survived, but are probably mentally scarred from this mess, worrying about the people they care about who are still missing and fearing of what else is to come. And people think it’s plainly right to just throw shameless, insensitive jokes and comments just for laughs?? Just to clarify, payback for Pearl Habor? I swear the American dropped not one, but TWO A-bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII, wasn’t that already payback? And ‘Divine Punishment’ to teach the Japanese a lesson for their wrongdoings? What bullshit faggotory am I reading? This surely doesn’t mean throwing a massive tsunami taking tens of thousands of innocent lives of civilians, who in no way whatsoever have been involved with any affairs that Japan was involved in several decades ago. And if you’ve seen that video on YouTube where this crazed fucked up whore talks about God mumbo jumbo bullshittery and about how Japan deserved it, I’m not gonna even comment on it.

And I’m already sure you guys have seen those screenpics from people of Facebook to celebrities on Twitter take light of this situation, take advantage and make those stupid bullshit jokes and comments just until later to remove them and announce their half-assed apologies just to get them off the hook…? Seriously it’s fuck up people like them that’s wrong with the world… moreover hard to believe people like them even exist. You know who you guys are.

And no I will be not be linking references to said pictures here. It’s not that I’m bothered to in this case but it’s that they’re not worth my time.

Sorry for the sudden serious speech and apologies it offended anyone but I just had to write a little rant to let out a bit of my steam that has been overwhelming inside me these past weeks. Seriously that is unforgivable.

For now, though, let us #prayforjapan, donate to help their aid and hope for the best that Japan can pull itself together to get back on its own feet and return back to the people’s normal daily lives, even if it takes several months or years to come!

Nyarth at Tokyo Day 2009

Here are some pics I took at some exhibition in London about Japanese culture, anime, manga, cosplay, technology and the like almost being a year ago when it actually happened (January 31st. A year late post imo). You may have seen these pics in a forum thread over at FoOlRulez, where I posted them for the first time… But sadly the forum thread has technically died due to the developing ages. But, as I have nothing to do at the moment than to wait for my animu downloads to finish, here are the resurrected pics from that day almost a year ago presented in this scrolling intensive gallery!

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