Kazuaki Nagata

For Kazuaki Nagata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

First permanent Sailor Moon store opens in Harajuku

Sep 23, 2017

First permanent Sailor Moon store opens in Harajuku

With the anime marking its 25th anniversary this year, the world's first permanent store for "Sailor Moon" goods opened Saturday in Tokyo's trendy Harajuku district. The Sailor Moon shop is inside the Laforet building and sells a variety of goods ranging from key chains and ...

VR attractions to take center stage at Tokyo Game Show

/ Sep 21, 2017

VR attractions to take center stage at Tokyo Game Show

With the debut of high-end virtual reality gaming systems for home use, 2016 was heralded as the dawn of the VR era. But while the technology basked in the spotlight, some questioned whether there was substance behind the hype. If this year's Tokyo Game Show ...

Anime group launches tourism pilgrimage inspired by Shikoku Henro

Aug 26, 2017

Anime group launches tourism pilgrimage inspired by Shikoku Henro

More than 80 cities, towns and wards have been selected as destinations in what is being dubbed the "Anime Tourism 88-Stop Pilgrimage," an anime industry association announced Saturday. The municipalities listed contain sites that were depicted in or inspired scenes for anime productions. The campaign ...

Booming cryptocurrencies fire up investment interest

Aug 20, 2017

Booming cryptocurrencies fire up investment interest

Virtual currencies have been playing an increasingly significant role in finance, with investors around the world buying the digital tokens and driving up their value dramatically. Markets in Japan are no exception. Industry insiders say cryptocurrencies will spread more widely, establishing their position as an asset ...