Wednesday, 17 May 2017
I've just finished comparing the Tokyo Skytree to the good old Tokyo Tower (see previous post) and here's some news on this ultra-otaku spot (that I covered in my guide, see p. 8 and p. 111).
Last month the Japan Manga Alliance (comprised of Kadokawa, Kodansha, animate, Shueisha and Shogakukan) opened a new shop in the Tokyo Tower Tourist Information Center.
Called animate JMA Tokyo Tower, the 100-sq.-meter shop stocks some 2,000 anime goods featuring some of Japan's best-loved characters (e.g. Pokemon, Doraemon, Ghibli, etc.).
According to the Nikkei Asian Review http://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Japan-Trends/Real-manga-shop-in-Tokyo-targets-tourists each publisher contributed about 100 million yen to the initiative with the purpose of tackling widespread counterfeits overseas.