Our older readers feel that Akihabara = Special, Cool, Rare Japanese Tech, which is fair and reasonable and truly the soul of our site. However, Akiba’s changed A LOT since this URL came online, and these days it’s also fair and reasonable to believe that Akihabara = Cosplay, Maid Cafes, Fetishization of Barely Post-Pubescent Girls, and Generalized Otaku-ness.
One of the great things about living in Japan is knowing that there is a neverending string of things that you’ll never fully understand. The Hikaru Skirt (“hikaru” just means “shining”) is a pretty good example thereof. But as goofy as these might be, they do catch (and keep) the eye!
[#3 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] Taking underwater photos of girls in bikinis wearing knee-high mecha-socks might be one of the better jobs ever to have been conceived in the history of work. And if one could also get those photos published in a book and sell it for money, the gig would definitely crack the top 10. Well, someone nailed it.
[#4 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] We’ve racked up about 2.5 months since last we published one of these galleries, and the timing works: we tend to do it on Japanese holidays. Today’s gallery celebrates one player in particular: the very gifted and minimally costumed Ms. Ringo Mitsuki.
[#13 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] It comes as no surprise then that the subculture-gone-mainstream finds purchase in a 36,000-strong public sporting event. All we really have to say about that is: “WELL DONE! BRAVO! YOU ALL LOOKED FABULOUS!”
[#14 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] It’s far from coincidence that George Lucas and the original Star Wars team’s Darth Vader character so easily transforms into a stylized Japanese warrior. Just look at the samples of Zunari Kabuto helmets - it’s much easier to pick out the ones that don’t remind us of Luke’s father!
The West Japan Railway Company has released a handful of photos of the new 500 TYPE EVA Neon Genesis Evangelion bullet train. The train begins its daily roundtrip route from Shin-Osaka Station (Osaka) to Hakata Station (Fukuoka) on November 7th, and it will operate for a limited time only.
Halloween has become a pretty big deal here in Japan, and, naturally, this lends itself to some serious cosplay. Our friends over at Tokyo Otaku Mode have assembled a decent range of cosplay gear that requires much less of an...investment, both in time in and monetary resources. For J-Halloween 2015, we recommend!
The West Japan Railway Company unveiled the interior images of the Evangelion Shinkansen (bullet train) called 500 TYPE EVA. It will run between Shin-Osaka station (Osaka) and Hakata station (Fukuoka) once a day for a limited time only.