Nipponbashi Street Festa. Osaka, Japan. By Nelson Diaz.
Imagine so many cosplayers and people to see them that busy Osaka streets are shut down completely in celebration of Japanese nerddom. That’s awesome.
Like singing? Dancing? Resident Evil? The survival horror series is getting an official stage version this fall in Japan.
You might know Kumamon as the official mascot character for Kumamoto Prefecture. Or you might know Kumamon as the bear from the “For the Glory of Satan” meme. Whichever, there are now a ton of them dotted throughout Osaka Station.
At first, I thought the 3,980 yen (US$34) price tag was the craziest thing about this Neon Genesis Evangelion Unit-01 popcorn bucket. Nope! The light-up eyes are.
There’s a notion that anime (and manga) characters look good in their respective formats because they are so stylized. In real life, this notion goes, they’d look strange. That’s not always true.
Sorry! If you are a dude, then you cannot enter Osaka’s Ataraxia Cafe, which is aimed strictly at lady geeks. It’s apparently the first of its kind in Japan.
Shinsekai. Osaka, Japan. By SalarymanDaishi.
The Urban Sprawl. Osaka, Japan. By Joey Crowdell.
This isn’t the country’s first KFC buffet. Let’s hope it’s not the last, either.
A Pokémon Gym is opening this month in Osaka. We’ve already gotten a peek inside, and it looked okay! Now, we’re going to get a better look, and it sure seems terrific.
Cross the Street. Osaka, Japan. By Jase Nguyen.
In Pokémon, the Gym is where you can go to train your Pocket Monsters. In Japan, the Pokémon Expo Gym is where you can shop and interact with Pokémon.