Tokyo Geek's Guide

"Tokyo Geek's Guide by Gianni Simone is a resource for exploring manga, anime, gaming, cosplay, and more." ーPublishers Weekly
AuthorGianni Simone
ISBN978 - 4805313855
PublicationJuly, 2017
Estimated length144P

Tokyo is ground zero for Japan's Popular 'geek' (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 hang-out, 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 on how to get to each location. Maps, URLs, opening hours, and 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 that will eventually impact the rest of the world!

Japan's geek culture in its myriad of forms is more popular today than ever before ー 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 see 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!

About the Author

Gianni Simone is a Tokyo-based Italian teacher and freelance writer. A Japan correspondent for both Vogue Italia and Zoom Japon magazines, he regularly contributes to a number of Italian, French, and English newspapers, magazines, and websites, including The Japan Times, Metropolis, Animation Magazine, and CNN Go. A veteran mail artist and zine maker, he has made dozens of zines, chapbooks, artist books, and artist stamps, and regularly covers the international DIY scene for Xerography Debt.