Ikebukuro

Shop in Tokyo’s Chinatown has TWENTY kinds of delicious homemade steamed buns

Hidden gem in Ikebukuro sells unique flavours of nikuman you’d never find in a convenience store.

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The top 10 shotengai shopping streets in Tokyo【Survey】

From hot tourist spots to residential areas, good finds are everywhere.

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Cheese Hamburg Steak Sushi?!? Japanese convenience store chain throws tradition out the window

It’s not the only sushi getting a makeover at Family Mart.

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Tokyo’s huge new anime entertainment complex reveals opening date, floor guide

There’ll be more to do than just shopping at the new Animate flagship location.

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

From costumes to makeup, hair, props, and poses, these cosplayers know how to bring characters to life. 

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

Japanese anime characters rub shoulders with some surprising faces in Tokyo’s famous otaku neighbourhood.

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Chinese Dragon gang brawl breaks out at 100-person party inside Tokyo skyscraper

Bottles broken, blood spilled at welcome-home celebration.

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Mr. Sato attempts to conquer mountains of shaved ice at all-you-can-eat event

Even for Mr. Sato, there are some mountains you just can’t climb.

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Eat 60 brands of eggs and a ton of rice for around 3 bucks at Tokyo’s egg festival

Taking “I love egg” to new levels.

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Capcom Cafe releases menu for limited-time Monster Hunter: Sunbreak cafe

Ever wanted to eat a Fluffy Bunny Dango? Now’s your chance.

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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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