Akio Wannabe-San

Manga Cafes

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Manga cafes in Japan takes you to a whole new level of enjoying your anime.  There are many Manga cafes in Japan and all has great amenities to offer.  From hourly to half a day and even over nite booking.

One can book their private booth and enjoy their free complimentary internet or just have a quiet rest in the oh so comfortable leather seating that you can reclined and stretch out fully.  Of course, there are food that you can order and drinks as well.

There are 1000s of manga for  you to enjoy and you can pick anyone that you like.   Manboo is one of the biggest Manga cafe chain in Japan and they are open 24/7 from what i understand.  There is the 30 mins rate at about 100 Yen and 3 hrs rate at 980 Yen or an over night rate of 1290 Yen approximately. But weekends are a little bit more expensive.  In order to use the internet, you need to have a valid ID as well, but one can always apply for a Manboo card and you never have to worry about using the internet for free.

 The inside and the outside of a Manga cafe is totally different , while the reception area looks like a hotel , the booth area is dark and have neon lights all over.  The booth consist of its own computer, a faux leather chair and internet access of course.  Oh I also forgot that you have your very own tv in the booth as well.  Some Manga cafe have a nail salon that offers really cheap manicure as well , so there are lots to do in Japan besides shopping , eating and karaoke.

Gadget Town In Japan

 

Visiting the Gadget town in Japan was really fun but to find aa rechargeable  batteries, you probably need to have the words translated for the sales people there because they don’t quite understood rechargeable when I asked if they had any for sale for my game controllers to test them out before lugging them home to the West.I figured they must have them in Japan but best to get them in the West since they seems to be so hard to find when I was in Japan.  But rechargeable batteries are the way to go if you use a lot of gadgets from radio to clocks or any of your gaming controllers or mobile cars and scooters.  Can’t afford not to have rechargeable batteries these days.

Baseball In Japan

My first baseball game in Tokyo, Japan was at the Tokyo Dome – I am not a baseball fan but when I saw hundreds of people walking towards the Dome for the game, you can imagine how I felt at that moment.  I had wanted to explore the Tokyo Dome and had gone there earlier than usual – so I thought – but I had no chance to explore as very quickly, the Dome was filled with fans of both the Giants and Tiger.  So if you ever in Japan – make sure you make it to one of their games at the Tokyo Dome.

Outdoors In Japan

If you think that Japan is all about sushi and shopping – boy ! are you wrong.  My girlfriend who is in Japan permanently is doing more outdoor stuff than when she was in the West – and she had photos of her going for white water rafting, atv rides, snowshoeing and hiking and camping outdoors as well.  Just the other day – she wrote to me asking me to look for atv winches for her – as well as hiking stuff.  So if you are heading to Japan – you may want to try doing one of these sports if you haven’t – they are quite fun.   As for myself – I haven’t done any of it in Japan – like most people we go shopping and eating in Japan – and enjoying the scenery – but I would love to go for an atv ride – or white water rafting sometime.

Sumo Show

I found pictures that was taken many years ago – when I was still living in Japan for 6 months while working for a hotel chain in Asia.  i remembered vividly – how excited i was when my co-workers told me that got me tickets to see a real sumo wrestling show in the sumo stadium called the Kokugikan.  I had never seen a sumo wrestling show before – so I wanted to take lots of pictures and experienced it for myself.

It was a full house night that night and the banners on top of the stage – was the Japanese sumo wrestling association thanking the patrons for filling up the seats.  I saw many tourists and foreigners like myself – and my co-workers were very kind to explain what was going on during the whole event.

I wished we had better seats but for $50 – you can’t really asked for a lot.  The capacity for the stadium was said to be 10,000 – and it sure looked like there were that many people there.  Taking the subway to the stadium is not difficult at all – check with your concierge – and I was told not to book a tour – it’s a waste of money.  Don’t forget to visit the Sumo Museum while you are there – entry is free – but so small – not really worth going – but only my personal opinion.  But I did have fun – even though I didn’t really understand all those huge men trying to throw each other down.

Nagoya Pokemon Center

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I had almost forgotten about the Nagoya’s Pokemon Center because there is another one in Tokyo – that looks a lot nicer than this one.  But if you are in the Nagoya’s vicinity – and a Pokemon crazy fan – you can check it out.  If I remembered correctly it’s located in the Oasis.   Do check out the internet/manga cafe while you are there – pretty interesting – hopefully they are still there though.

LaQua

it is free to enter the La Qua at Tokyo Dome city – but you have to pay for the rides and the attractions. Opens from 11am – 9pm daily- the LaQua has many good food places to eat and the largest natural hot spring spa in Tokyo.   You have to check out their specialty stores and many games and rides to go on.  Move aside Disney Land – move aside Sanrio Land – this place is great for both adults and kids.

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