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Theme Cafés in Japan
There are cafés all over the world, but if you want a totally different experience that exceeds typical cafe dining, you have to go to Japan – more precisely, to Tokyo!
There is an endless range of theme cafés to suit everyone. For instance, if you like animals, there are the famous cat cafés or you could try a more unusual one, such as a goat or even an owl café.
If you prefer to have your coffee served by a waiter or waitress who’s easy on the eyes, then try a maid or butler café.
For anyone looking for an even more unique experience than that, the following list of cafes might interest you. Since pop culture is everywhere in Japan, it seems only natural to have anime and manga related themed cafés. Some of them, like the ‘Animate Cafés’ (that belong to the same-named shops, famous for selling anime, manga and related goods) change their featured series every few months, while others have a fixed series and location, such as the ‘Gundam Café’ at Akihabara
Oedo Onsen anime and manga related shops and restaurants are a not something typical that you’d find in Japan, especially on a trip to its capital city, Tokyo. But what about an anime themed Onsen? Tokyo’s largest and most famous hot spring gives you not only the opportunity to experience a relaxing bath in a traditional Japanese setting, but also the chance to play games, buy merchandise and themed food based on your favorite anime series.
Onsen have a long tradition in Japan and are usually found in the countryside where they use naturally hot water from geothermally heated springs, often volcanoes, and therefore are differentiated from Sentô, indoor public bath houses, that use heated tab water. Onsen water is said to have healing powers deriving from the minerals that are present in it and is also very relaxing for your muscles, which is why many visitors to Japan, trying Onsen for the first time, really enjoy the experience.
On the 28th of December, the doors of the Tokyo Big Sight opened again to welcome thousands of people eager to spend three days in the World’s biggest marketplace for fanworks centered on anime, manga and video games.
The Comic Market, often abbreviated to ‘Comiket’, takes place twice a year, in summer and in winter, in Odaiba, an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, and is the best place to both buy and sell all sorts of anime/ manga related goods. Its main focus is the exhibition and distribution of Doujinshi, self-published magazines that are created by individuals, usually amateurs, though there are also some professional artists who like to publish material related to other manga series.