Tokyo Revisited Day 11

July 2nd, 2014 by John

Tokyo_Tower_Panorama

The venerable Tokyo Tower straddles a three-story building that houses a visitor’s center, numerous pop restaurants, and even a small aquarium. I’ve visited the historic structure twice before but never gone up to its observation decks. Although Tokyo Tower is now no longer Tokyo’s tallest structure – that designation now belongs to the more recent Tokyo Sky Tree – Tokyo Tower remains an iconic symbol of Tokyo, and I decided that since I had time and opportunity to see its peak, I should do so before a giant monster lays waste to the structure.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 10

July 1st, 2014 by John

Toei_Animation

The primary point of coming to Tokyo for slightly over two weeks is to allow time for a variety of activities and sightseeing. Given the intensity of my collecting obsession, I could happily spend my entire trip exploring only Nakano Broadway & Akihabara. In fact, every time I go to either place, I seem to discover new anime shops that I haven’t visited before. But I also want to expand my experience (and conserve some money), so I decided to visit the free Toei Animation Gallery.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 9

June 30th, 2014 by John

Chuo-Dori

Yoshinoya may be the native Japanese equivalent to McDonalds – cheap, blue-collar, omnipresent – but I happen to highly enjoy the taste of the standard, no-frills Yoshinoya gyudon: thin sliced simmered beef and onions served over white rice. Throughout many of my previous solo visits to Japan, I’ve subsided near exclusively on Yoshinoya beef bowls. So although I’m eating better on this trip than usual, I can’t make an extended visit to Tokyo without at least once getting a Yoshinoya beef bowl.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 8

June 29th, 2014 by John

Nakano
Although I spent a day packing prior to coming to Tokyo, almost as soon as I arrived I realized that I’d forgotten to bring a coin purse. A pocket-sized change purse is essential while visiting Japan because the country’s smallest denomination paper bill is the 1,000 yen note, the equivalent of a $10 bill. So especially visiting otaku that aim to do a lot of purchasing quickly end up with a pocket full of change. While I practically never pay for purchases with exact change back home in the US, I try to do so as frequently as I can here in Tokyo, just to reduce the number and weight of coins that I have to carry around.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 7

June 28th, 2014 by John

View from Jon's apartment

Jon is an investor in a fairly new, promising Tokyo restaurant named Devil Craft. He’d mentioned that the restaurant would be celebrating its premiere of a new craft brew beginning at 3pm, so I assumed that he intended to go over to the place for a late lunch at three. So after performing my morning routine then watching the latest episodes of Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and Haikyuu, Jon surprised me by asking about my plans for lunch. Since I hadn’t bothered to deliberately ask, I hadn’t realized that Jon didn’t actually intend to visit Devil Craft until the evening. So we agreed to get lunch before going separate ways for a short time.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 6

June 27th, 2014 by John

John_at_IG

I decided to make Thursday a relatively light activity, or rather light shopping day. Per the schedule I’ve adopted so far, I woke early and spent the morning typing up a record of the previous day’s activity to post online. Then Jon & I decided that we’d attempt to locate Campus Musashino and possibly the Evangelion Store and Square Enix Store.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 5

June 26th, 2014 by John

Akiba

Following a calm and slow morning, I invited Jon to visit Akihabara with me. Our first stop was the Starbucks in the Yotsuya station’s Atre shopping center to try out my confirmed free Starbucks wifi account. For reasons unknown, the Starbucks mobile site repeated rejected every variation of my log-in as incorrect. So still no mobile wifi. I’m never ever going to purchase an Apple product for myself.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 4

June 25th, 2014 by John

Jojo_coffee

The fact that I’m on vacation in Tokyo attests to my enthusiasm for things Japanese, but after numerous trips during a span of nearly 15 years, I don’t have quite the same irrepressible excitement nor the same physical conditioning that I once did. Since I have plenty of time and limited money, I decided to take a day off from my vacation. While the day turned out to be largely stress-free on my physical condition, the day, sadly, taxed my mental fortitude far more than I’d anticipated it would.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 3

June 24th, 2014 by John

Nakano_Broadway_enterance

The weather forecast predicted at 90% chance of heavy rain, so the covered and indoor mall Nakano Broadway suggested itself as a more practical destination for the day than Akihabara, as visiting Akiba on a rainy day would entail the trouble of placing our wet umbrellas in new plastic sleeves each time we entered a new building or shop. I strapped on my backpack, which I hadn’t used extensively the day prior but was certain that I’d use today, and walked to the train station with Jon. Nakano is a mere two stops away from Yotsuya via the Chuo express train, one stop prior to Mitaka, home of the Ghibli Museum. Since neither of us had been to Nakano Broadway in years, we didn’t remember if we should take the north or south exit. I suspected north and turned out correct.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 2

June 23rd, 2014 by John

Ultra_John

Monday morning I woke at 8am, eager to tackle Tokyo but undecided on approach. The first adventure of the morning that faced me was navigating Jon’s apartment’s toiletries. Unlike a Western household or even the typical Western-style hotels that dot Tokyo, Jon’s Japanese apartment housed a narrow room with a bidet toilet, and nothing else, and a separate room with a small sink beside a fiberglass box that served as bathtub and shower. Adjusting the faucet on the sink in one direction began a flow of water into the sink. Adjustment in the opposite direction began water flow to the hand shower.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 1

June 22nd, 2014 by John

My first visit to Tokyo since August 2007 began with my arrival at the Tampa International Airport at 6:30am on Saturday, June 21st. Passing through the security check took relatively little time, for me at least. I noticed beside me a mother with two young children who put their plastic bottles of water through the X-ray scanner and got scolded by the transit authority agent who vehement informed them of the “no liquid in plastic bottles” rule since the family had obviously overlooked or ignored all of the posted signs and the collection barrels for plastic beverage bottles on the way up to the X-ray stations. So I soon found myself at my gate, hearing the sounds of The Ben Folds Five over the intercom and facing a 90 minute wait until my JetBlue flight to New York’s JFK airport boarded and departed.

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Funimation Acquires Bayonetta Movie

June 20th, 2014 by John

FUNimation has secured the domestic distribution rights to Gonzo’s 2013 feature film Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, based on the Platinum Games action/shooting game franchise.

Source: Anime News Network

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Discotek Announces Additional License Rescues

June 20th, 2014 by John

Ceres_Recca

Discotek has revealed its license rescues of the 2000 Ayashi no Ceres and 1997 Recca no Honoo television series. Viz Media previously distributed both titles on domestic DVD. The 24-episode “Ceres, Celestial Legend” and 42-episode “Flame of Recca” series will be released in bilingual DVD sets next year.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V to Air Internationally Next Year

June 20th, 2014 by John

Konami’s media distributor 4K Media has revealed that the currently airing Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V television series will premiere internationally in the spring or summer of 2015.

4K Media has also announced that a new Yu-Gi-Oh! feature film is now in development in Japan.

Source: Anime News Network

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Isuca Anime in Development

June 20th, 2014 by John

Isuca anime announcement

Kadokawa Shoten has formally announced the development of an anime based on Osamu Takahashi’s supernatural action manga Isuca. The ongoing manga premiered in 2009; its fifth collected volume will be released on June 30. The story revolves around a teen boy who works part time as a housekeeper. When he accidentally releases a monster into the world, he partners with his female employer, who happens to be a monster hunter, to capture the loose creature.

Source: Anime News Network

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