Tuesday 26 November 2019

Book Review: Tokyo Geek's Guide by Gianni Simone (Travel/Non-Fiction)

Title: Tokyo Geek's Guide
Author: Gianni Simone

Publication Date: 2017
Borrowed from the Library


This is the most comprehensive Japan travel guide ever produced which features 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 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 people on the street 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; and 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! 

Tokyo Geek's Guide is a great resource. I plan to visit Japan for the first time next year and wondered how best to find the places that would interest me there. This book makes some great suggestions on shops and entertainment for the otaku visitor. I'll have to check online that they are all still open/haven't moved, since this book is now a couple of years old, but it has given me a great starting point and an overview on the types of shops around and roughly where to find them.

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