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September 20, 2017

I Love Tokyo! Nakano: A Subculture Paradise

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This time we're taking a look at Nakano, a neighborhood in Tokyo famous for shops specializing in anime, manga, video games and more. Let's take a deep dive into this subculture paradise!

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Nakano Broadway A hub of pop culture trends, this mall's 300 stores cater to niche interests like plastic models, comics, cosplay, and character figures.

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Print Mouse Popular print shop that can do high-resolution printing on items like smartphone cases and keyboards as well as paper.

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World Kaikan A 60s-era former hotel building that is now occupied by numerous small, offbeat "only in Nakano" bars, including one run by a real Buddhist monk!

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Anison DJ Cafe Raizeen Located on the first floor of World Kaikan, this is a popular spot for otaku to gather and talk about their favorite subcultures while singing and dancing along to anime theme music.

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Daikaiju Salon A cafe/bar with a movie monster theme, crammed with monster memorabilia. They even offer a "make your own monster" workshop.

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Prince Cafe & Bar One of the few cafes in Tokyo staffed entirely by women dressed as men. Known for its refined, Old World-atmosphere.

Further Info

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1) Nakano Broadway
Address: 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku
2) Print Mouse
Address: Nakano Broadway 2F, 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku
3) World Kaikan
Address: 5-55-6 Nakano, Nakano-ku
4) Anison DJ Cafe Raizeen
Address: World Kaikan 1F, 5-55-6 Nakano, Nakano-ku
5) Daikaiju Salon
Address: 1-14-16 Arai, Nakano-ku
6) Prince Cafe & Bar
Address: Tokyo Kimura Bldg 6F, 5-66-3 Nakano, Nakano-ku

Others

Daily Chiko
Address: Nakano Broadway, 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku
Vow's bar
Address: World Kaikan 2F, 5-55-6 Nakano, Nakano-ku
Kale Juice Shop
Address: 5-61-12 Nakano, Nakano-ku
Ferret World, Nakano
Address: 4-16-18 Arai, Nakano-ku
Kyle's Good Finds
Address: 2-7-10 Arai, Nakano-ku
Momo Garten
Address: 2-57-7 Chuo, Nakano-ku

Reporter

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Benjamin Boas

Nationality:
American
Occupation:
Author
When did you first come to Japan?:
2001
Reason for coming to Japan:
When I was little, I was really into Japanese video games and decided that when I grew up, I would live inside them. Naturally this dream didn't pan out, but moving to Japan was my next choice and living in this country has turned out to be more amazing and wonderful than anything I could have ever imagined.