Category: Japan

JPN Rush: Ningen Kankei

One can waste their life away in shady anime shops and cheap fast-food joints all they want, but what makes a country is its people, and you’re missing out if you’re not talking to them. I should know, as that was the story of life when I was here...

JPN Rush: C80

This is only the second time in my life that I find myself traversing the halls of the Tokyo Big Sight in search of many sagashimono, but the process already feels familiar–dare I say “routine”. Unlike Otakon, which takes years of attendance to figure out how to balance one’s...

JPN Rush: Nonstop to Tokyo

Exactly like a junkie itching for his next hit, I made for Mandarake right after I checked into my hotel, asking my friend kransom to come along. Racks of DVDs, CDs, manga, and toys flash before my eyes in a blur. It’s surreal. The scenery is not unlike the...