Nyarth in Japan – Day 12 – From Bunkyo to Taito

19th August 2016.

Bunkyo and Taito are two special wards located in the northern parts of central Tokyo. While these special wards contain plenty of points of interests such as the prestigious University of Tokyo, the Tokyo Dome arena and the giant Ueno Park – the quiet residential housing in and around the area may sound mundane in comparison but they are a sight to behold. With many properties still standing strong from the post-war era alongside modern housing infrastructure that has been constructed since, it creates this constant juxtaposing of new and old on every street you turn to.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 11 – Nakano Broadway

18th August 2016.

Nakano Broadway is a massive multi-levelled labyrinth filled with plentiful stores selling anime and manga-related goods from new to the very old – situated in Nakano which is a few stops away from Shinjuku on the Chuo Line. While Akihabara is the place to go to bag the latest and greatest in otaku-related merch, Nakano Broadway can be regarded as the archival haven of such surplus of goods. Hearing many cool and fascinating stories from people going to Nakano Broadway it was a given for us to spend a day out there to see what the fuss was all about.

Warning: This post contains a couple of NSFW photos. Just scroll past them quickly if someone is behind you.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 10 – Ikebukuro

17th August 2016.

My prejudices about Ikebukuro stems mostly from seeing Durarara!!, so I was a bit disappointed when I visited the real Ikebukuro to find there were no spontaneous gang fights breaking out in the streets, bouncers in monkey suits destroying public property and throwing appliances or headless riders on motorcycles ripping the roads.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 9 – Shinjuku

16th August 2016.

Shinjuku can be regarded as the capital of Tokyo; serving as the base of operations for the city government. Its main building is situated just off the West exit of Shinjuku’s enigmatic train station. The colourful yet not so colourful Tokyo borough is one of the most populous areas in Tokyo in the north-western corners and it was the next area to explore on this day.

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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 7 – Comiket 90 Day 3

14th August 2016.

If I were to encapsulate every little detail of what makes Comiket Comiket, the third and final day alone would be able to flawlessly do just that. A haven of hentai pornography, a congregation of borderline erotic cosplays and an endless sea of predominantly male photographers; armed with the most sophisticated handheld DSLR camera set-ups you’ll ever witness. The conclusion of the 90th Summer Comic Market had everything I had ever wanted out of this wonderful event.

Warning: This post contains some NSFW photos.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 6 – Comiket 90 Day 2

13th August 2016.

The second day of the 90th Comic Market!

I recommend you have a read through of my first post covering the first day of Natsucomi where I make the formal introductions explanations of Comiket before divulging into this entry so it makes a bit of sense. The second day Comiket was focused around game-related doujinshi meaning your Kancolles and Touhous were the headlining fields of interest in the comics market. Not just doujinshi but plenty of doujinsoft (self made software of sorts) circles were present selling their freshly developed video games with some even donning laptops running the game for people to try out and play!

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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.

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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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