Ikebukuro

Do Tokyo natives get lost in Shinjuku and Shibuya too? We ask our in-office Tokyo-ites

The maze of Shinjuku Station and beyond may just be a maze for everyone.

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Move aside hot dogs, the Tempura Udon Dog is here, and it’s amazing

This Japanese fusion dog dares to go where most fear to tread. 

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Where to find the Great Floating Buddha of Ikebukuro

Tokyo ward known for its otaku culture holds a hidden gem not many people know about.

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Two Tokyo train stations getting Harry Potter-style makeovers

Hogsmeade Station serves as inspiration for closest stop to new permanent Harry Potter museum.

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Mr. Sato turns into a historical figure through his first-ever wet plate photography session

The process was slightly grueling, but the results were well worth it!

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Tokyo’s Ikebukuro is looking very different, and also pretty sad, these days【Photos】

Our resident otaku reporter’s Ikebukuro homecoming is bittersweet.

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Tokyo’s gigantic new anime store will be among largest in the world, and it won’t be in Akihabara

Specialty shop Animate stays true to its roots as it gets ready to celebrate a big milestone with a big store.

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Why work from home when you can work from a Japanese cat town?

Well, there are a few reasons, actually. 

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The best cosplayers from Day Two of the Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival

Meet the characters who braved the weather to represent some of Japan’s most popular anime and manga. 

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The best cosplayers from Day One of the Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival

These cosplaying queens waited two years to step out as their favourite manga and anime characters, and the wait was definitely worth it. 

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”We came home.” Sega makes arcade comeback with new game center in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district

Dry your tears, Sega fans. They’ve missed us too.

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Sega closes landmark Tokyo arcade, massive crowds gather, manager vows comeback【Pics, video】

Chapter of video game history comes to a close, but staff are still hoping for a new beginning.

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The popular Night at the Aquarium: Lots of Sex exhibit returns to Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium

We bet you’ve never read the words “sexy” and “fish” in the same phrase before.

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Sega closing iconic Tokyo arcade that’s been in business for almost 30 years

Sega Ikebukuro GiGO has been a landmark since the ‘90s’ golden era of Japanese arcades.

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First-ever Super Sentai Restaurant opens in Tokyo thanks to high-end karaoke chain Pasela Resorts

Power Ranger fans, it’s snackin’ time!

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Mr. Sato falls for the biggest egg sandwich he’s ever seen…but what does it look like inside?

“The sun egg sandwich” is 20 centimeters (7.87 inches) in diameter and is on a mission to become a new famous local product of Saitama Prefecture.

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Ōkami menu and merch coming to Capcom Cafe in June for limited time

Now you can have your Amaterasu and eat it too.

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New world record – Tokyo capsule toy shop will have more machines in one spot than anywhere else

Sunshine City set to shine even brighter with opening of Bandai Namco’s Gashapon Department Store.

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Tokyo losing another iconic video game arcade as Ikebukuro landmark is closing for good

If you want to tip your hat to Silk Hat, now’s the time.

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New Gengar and Litwick mousse cakes at Pikachu Sweets Cafe look both adorable and delicious

Which one would you choose? 

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