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Tokyo Geek's Guide
Manga, Anime, Gaming, Cosplay, Toys, Idols & More
Tokyo is ground zero for Japan's popular "Geek" or otaku culture-a phenomenon that has now swept across the globe.
This is the most comprehensive guide ever produced to Tokyo's geeky underworld. It provides a comprehensive run-down on each major Tokyo district where geeks congregate, shop, play and hangout-from hi-tech Akihabara and trendy Harajuku to newer and lesser-known haunts like chic Shimo-Kita and working-class Ikebukuro.
Dozens of iconic shops, restaurants, cafes and clubs in each area are described in loving detail with precise directions how to get to each location. Maps, URLs, opening hours and over 400 fascinating color photographs bring you around Tokyo on an unforgettable trip to the centers of Japanese manga, anime and geek culture. Interviews with local otaku experts and street people let you see the world from their perspective and provide insights on what is currently happening in Tokyo now which will eventually impact the rest of the world!
Japan's geek culture in its myriad forms is more popular today than ever before-with Japanese manga filling every bookstore; anime cartoons on TV; transformer toys and video games like Pokemon Go played by tens of millions of people. Swarms of visitors come to Tokyo each year on a personal quest to soak in all the otaku-related sights and enjoy Japanese manga, anime, gaming and idol culture at its very source. This is the book they have to get!
"Overall, the Tokyo Geek's Guide is worth the purchase. ...this is a solid entry into checking out the geekier aspects of Tokyo, and a strong debut for Simone. As the popularity of Japanese pop culture continues to grow overseas, the Tokyo Geek's Guide will serve as the ultimate gateway to expand otaku culture into future generations of fans wanting to see the imagination that makes it the force it is today."-Tony Yao, yatta tachi. See the review here.
`"The pages are as easy to digest as a comic book thanks to the plethora of candy-colored photos, and the nuggets of information in the text are easy to assimilate. From the fannish pilgrimage hotspots of Akihabara and Nakano to less well-known areas like Koiwa and Hachioji, Simone has suggestions for what you must see and do, a guide to costs, and detailed descriptions of exactly how to get there. Highly recommended for first-time visitors, it may also surprise regular Tokyo hands with a few places they've missed." - Helen McCarthy, All the Anime. See the review here
"Many people have probably developed an interest in Japan through a deep affection for anime and manga (among other things). And with Tokyo being the obvious center of Japanese pop culture, this guide created by Gianni Simone serves as the perfect tool for otaku freaks to find heaven.Tokyo Geek's Guide basically resembles a travel guide as it contains tidbits about where to explore otaku culture (such as bookshops, stores, events and even eateries-anime-themed ones are abundant in Tokyo). But you don't have to be planning a trip to the capital to benefit from the book, though. Simone includes plenty of information pertaining to the history of manga, anime and video games in Japan." JQ Magazine
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"The illustrations throughout the book are rich, colorful and bright; and probably worthy of their own photo-book. Each chapter is well-written, painstakingly researched, and though sometimes obsessive in accuracy never overburdening to the reader. All in all, Tokyo Geek's Guide is a highly recommended primer on Japanese subculture, not only to foreign otaku travelling to Japan, but also to those who would like to learn more about Japan's geeky underbelly; yes, even to those ex-pat residents who thought they'd seen it all." --Japan Reference blog "The local knowledge accumulated over time by the author allows the reader to follow him with complete trust into the labyrinth of Tokyo's neighborhoods where it's easy to get lost if you're not familiar with the area" --Zoom Japan Magazine "Tokyo Geek's Guide is highly recommended both for first-time visitors and lifers alike. Simone, a correspondent for Vogue Italia and contributor to The Japan Times, not only exploits his deep knowledge of Tokyo but has a knack for explaining why you should care." --Japan Daily "Tokyo Geek's Guide, out this month, includes everything you need to know to navigate the spaces and places of otaku life. A must-buy for anyone interested in otaku trends or Japanese culture, Tokyo Geek's Guide is practical, readable and pop-culturally insightful, for geeks and nongeeks alike." --The Japan Times "The book is filled with pictures which help to capture the experience for those that have not been to Japan, and they do a very good job. Even though it's been almost 20 years since I've been those pictures instantly brought back memories of seeing the shops and the women dressed up in anime-inspired outfits trying to get you into the stores. Overall, a very well-laid out book for those anime fans who will be traveling to Japan." --Absolute Anime blog "Tokyo Geek's Guide is a book that can be enjoyed by all kinds of people. Fans of Japanese culture will benefit from the guide for its images and relevant information even if they're not planning to visit the country...the book is also quite hard to put down." --The Daily Fandom "If you want to see Tokyo through a snazzy set of new glasses, or you're a Japan pop culture geek in Tokyo wondering what you might be missing, this book is a must-have -- for your bag, not your shelf." --Japan Visitor "Tokyo Geek's Guide by Gianni Simone is a resource for exploring manga, anime, gaming, cosplay, and more." --Publishers Weekly