Feature: Itasha Culture

8th March 2015

Akihabara (also known as Akiba) is known as Electronics town. The area became famous after World War II and was THE place in Tokyo to buy radio and electronic equipment on the black market. Nowadays, Akiba is synonymous with the Otaku subculture. Often misrepresented as ‘nerds’, the term Otaku encompasses anyone with a passion for something; usually comic or gaming related. Akiba is a hub for manga, anime and gaming; so when you throw…

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Photo: Itasha in Akihabara

24th December 2014

This pair of Itasha cars pulled up at the lights as I walked home from shopping in Akihabara. Both the Toyota Celica T230 and the Nissan Silvia S15 were adored with images of Hanayo Koizumi, a character from Love Live! School Idol Project – a manga/anime based on an Idol band inspired by Akihabara’s own AKB48.  

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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Six

9th June 2014

With the rainy season in full swing and sporting new umbrellas, we headed out for our first proper shopping trip of this holiday. Our destination, Akihabara, is synonymous with electronic goods and crazy toys – so this was going to be a long day. Akihabara station has two main exits; one to Electric Town (the hub of the techy stores) and the other to Yodobashi Camera’s flagship store… which is…

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