Tag - akihabara



Police tracked down two men accused of stealing a "Yu-Gi-Oh!" trading card worth ¥4.98 million via the license plate number of their getaway car.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 22, 2024
Two men arrested over theft of ¥5 million 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' card in Akihabara
The suspects are alleged to have sold the card at a store in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district about three hours after the theft.
A man allegedly stole a prized "Yu-Gi-Oh!" trading card valued at ¥4.98 million from a store in Tokyo's Akihabara district on Wednesday afternoon.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 14, 2024
Suspect at large after theft of 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' card worth ¥5 million
According to the police, the suspect appeared to be in his early 20s and was wearing a black jacket and black pants.
Tokyo is filled to the brim with anime-related activities and attractions, but the best require a little digging to enjoy to the fullest.
LIFE / Travel
Feb 10, 2024
An anime otaku's blueprint to nerding out in Tokyo — and beyond
The first step to taking anime otaku-dom to the next level is to educate yourself on the history and evolution of the medium.
At the Warhammer Store & Cafe in Tokyo's Akihabara neighborhood, fans of the tabletop franchise have room to paint, discuss lore and, of course, battle it out on spacious tables.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 11, 2023
At new Tokyo hub, Warhammer fans bond over dice rolls and paint
“A few months ago, me and a lot of the guys I’m now playing with didn’t even know what Warhammer really was," says one fan from a new Akihabara store.
Characters from the Super Mario Bros. franchise adorn the front of Super Potato, a well-known retro game shop in Akihabara.
LIFE / Digital
Sep 20, 2023
Let the gaming begin: A guide to Tokyo's video game landmarks
Whether it's arcades, retro finds or chip-tune nightclubs, Japan's capital won't disappoint gamers wanting to geek out.
Shinji Aoba speaking during a trial at the Kyoto District Court, in a court illustration
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 15, 2023
Kyoto Animation arson suspect inspired by 2001 attack
The suspect in a 2019 arson attack on a Kyoto Animation studio used gasoline after using a similar incident as reference, a court has heard.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
Here's why Pokemon cards are becoming a target of burglaries in Japan
Rare cards can now be traded for more than ¥100 million, and shops carrying them have become the target of burglaries.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 13, 2023
Man arrested for alleged theft of Pokemon cards worth ¥1.15 million
The suspect told police that he responded to a Twitter post and stole the cards based on instructions from another person.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Mar 25, 2023
High-tech 'sassen' duels are an active otaku's dream
In a world of endless options for virtual entertainment, could this be the perfect marriage of tech and athletics?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 6, 2023
Series of burglaries target pricey Pokemon cards in Tokyo
According to sources at Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department, Pokemon and other collectible cards were stolen from several stores in the Akihabara district.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 26, 2022
Japan executes Akihabara rampage attacker, 14 years on
Tomohiro Kato killed seven people and injured 10 others during an attack in Akihabara, Tokyo, on June 8, 2008.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: FASHION
Oct 10, 2021
Anime aesthetics blur the line between real and virtual fashion
As some brands dip their toes into NFTs, others turn to nostalgia-with-shock-value to sell both real and virtual clothing.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Jun 6, 2021
Japanese gaming arcades are on their last life
Already on a downward trend, COVID-19-mandated closures are slashing profits and forcing closures of many of the country's iconic locations.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / 2010s: Decade in Review
Dec 5, 2019
Trendy neighborhoods in Tokyo came and went during the 2010s, but did capitalist conformity move in for good?
The protester, the party animal, the professional millennial — it seems like the Japanese capital had a place for every foreign stereotype imaginable in the past decade. We look back on a few favorites.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / Defining the Heisei Era
Nov 24, 2018
Defining the Heisei Era: Examining the rise of otaku culture
With the number of children shrinking, popular entertainment naturally began targeting the otaku population that didn't hesitate to open their wallets for material many considered juvenile.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2018
Akihabara marks 10 years since deadly stabbing rampage
Tokyo's Akihabara district, a popular spot for Japanese subcultures, on Friday marked the 10th anniversary of a stabbing rampage that killed seven and injured 10 others.
Japan Times
Sep 30, 2017
Henry's Burger Akihabara: Same top wagyu, grander digs
At last, Kentaro Henry Nakahara has an outlet to match the quality of the meat he uses and the scale of his ambition. When he opened the first branch of his eponymous burger restaurant in Daikanyama back in late 2015, the justifiable excitement was inevitably tempered by the diminutive scale of the operation.
Japan Times
Aug 18, 2017
Blasts from the past: Japan's gaming classics get a retro revival
Nothing sells like nostalgia.
Japan Times
Mar 15, 2017
No shopping rush seen in Tokyo from 1,000-strong Saudi delegation
Despite expectations that a 1,000-strong delegation traveling with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud Salman would go on a shopping spree during their four-day visit to Tokyo through Wednesday, shops reported low numbers of Saudi shoppers.
Japan Times
Apr 30, 2016
The German mischief maker here; Eating in London is real problem; New effort to rectify Japan's image planned; Ad-zapping VCR gains popularity
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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on