"A fascinating insight into a culture we knew little about beforehand”.
Akihabara Tour - A Look at Electric Town
From Trains to Dolls to Games
From Pray to Play
This tour is suitable and will be adapted by the expert for teens, generally opting out of certain theme cafes and adult-themed shops. For children under 13, we have designed a special walk that is appropriate for younger audiences, Tokyo for Kids.
Is this tour suitable for visitors with mobility issues?
This tour is walking intensive and visitors with mobility issues should reach out to us to ensure we can alter the tour to accommodate their level of mobility.
Edgar is a Ph.D. candidate in International Studies at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies of Waseda University. He specializes in the Cool Japan Strategy, Japanese popular culture and creative industries. His contact with anime, manga, and videogames during his teenage years triggered an interest in learning about Japanese culture. In 2012 he obtained the Monbukagakusho Scholarship to come to Japan and was officially appointed as CoFesta Ambassador by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and the Japan International Contents Festival (CoFesta) Executive Committee. In 2016 he was appointed as "Cool Japan Ambassador" by Japan's Prime Minister Cabinet Office. His experience with the media and his academic research has given him the opportunity to collaborate with different government agencies and private companies involved in the “Cool Japan Strategy” on developing projects to export Japanese contents such as Anime, Manga, Music, Videogames, and Film. This has made him familiar not only with all the unique places related to otaku culture in Japan but with many different aspects of the Japanese media production as well as its cultural significance and background. Edgar's other research interests include Japanese Modern History, IR of the Asia-Pacific Region and Mexico-Japan relations.
Aquiles has been living and working in Tokyo since 2009, when he arrived on a MEXT scholarship to develop his art practice at Tokyo University of the Arts, where he completed his MFA and PhD degrees in Fine Arts. His artistic work and research focus on the links between free improvisation, experimental music and visual arts. He has performed and shown his work in many countries including the US, Japan, Germany, Venezuela, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Aquiles’ relationship to Japan predates his arrival to the country, as he has been studying Japanese Art and culture since the late 90’s. He has focused on the study and practice of Kendo (Japanese fencing) and Zen Buddhism of the Soto school, integrating the philosophical core of both disciplines into his artwork. During his time in Tokyo, Aquiles has lived in the Yanesen neighborhood, an area that has been gaining popularity the past few years for its unique combination of old temples and ancient buildings with many curious shops and cafés in which independent designers have channeled the area’s historical background through ingenious renovations.
After completing her studies in Art History at Université de Provence, Marion spent two years living in Paris to deepen her studies. With her passion for manga and anime and tea ceremony, Marion was always intrigued by Japanese culture and literature, which led her to move to Tokyo. Marion has since fallen in love with the city of Tokyo and decided to share her knowledge and love for Japanese culture with visitors from all around the world. During her free time, she enjoys wearing a kimono and eating traditional pastries. She continues to be fascinated by the two sides of Tokyo, tradition and modernity, to this day.
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