I lived in Tokyo for almost a decade, and I’ve never, ever felt as much as home as I was in Tokyo. Sometimes, I even think about moving back because I’m just that fond of the Big Mikan (as I used to call it jokingly). Japan isn’t without its problems, but as far as countries go, it is pretty freaking awesome– especially for a geek such as myself!
Excuse me, I meant otaku.
Otaku was a derogative term in Japan at first, but it’s slowly becoming less divisive and more cool– much like geek is in the West! I’ll say it proudly, anyway– being a geek is something to be freaking proud of! Regardless of what flavor your fandom love manifests itself as, there’s something to celebrate in loving awesome things! So there!
Oh yeah– by the way, have I mentioned that I love Japan?!
Japan is a mecca for otaku, fashionistas, tech junkies, train enthusiasts, and everyone else that is brave enough to jump into a land without knowing the language– which is more exhilarating than daunting. Take it from someone that did it! I knew nothing at all of Japanese other than kawaii and kakkoi — words that I picked up from watching subbed anime in my college years, and I did more than survive– I thrived!
From Comicket, the twice-annual douijnshi event (amateur comics, usually based on existing properties, and an absolute haven for hentais and fujoushi alike, if you know what I mean!), to JUMP Festa, the annual free free-for-all put on by Shueisha for all of their fans (trust me, it is FUN! And did I mention free?), to maid cafes in Akihabara, Butler cafes in Shibuya and Ikebukuro, to the hundreds of short anime-specific cafes and events that pop up all over the place, even a short trip is sure to be a blast!
Then there is Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea—- which hosts the ONLY lifesize model of King Triton’s castle! Ariel is my favorite princess– be still my heart!
Ohhh, and don’t forget Yunessun, where you can soak in coffee baths, wine baths, and others until you turn into the richest-smelling prune in the country. It’s technically a little bit outside of Tokyo, but it’s an easy day trip, and SO worth it. There’s an attached hotel, too, in case you want to make an overnight of it!
Japan is so, so worth the trip. Trust me on this, and let the photos speak for themselves if you don’t!