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Updated: November 5, 2019

Reika

Professional cosplayer

Reika has been cosplaying for over 20 years now, as an expression of love for her favorite characters. She is known for her attention to detail, and her eye-catching cosplays of male and female characters alike. Cosplay conventions in over 50 countries have invited her as a guest. Hailing from western Japan, Reika moved to Tokyo in early 2019 for work. She currently helps out with 12CO.BASE, a members-only cafe and bar in Akihabara where otaku (geeks) can hang out. Some of her favorite games and anime series include Fate/Grand Order and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Follow Reika on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and/or WorldCosplay to see her stunning cosplay photos.

I like taking my otaku friends from outside Japan around Akihabara. I recommend shops with lots of products from different franchises. That way, there's a better chance of finding a sought-after item. It's like treasure hunting! It's also nice to sit down for a chat after a day of shopping and sightseeing. Of course, Akihabara has its share of restaurants and cafes geared towards otaku, but for a change of environment, the Manseibashi side has some very nice cafes.



  1. Lashinbang is a great place to hunt for bargain collectibles. It's Akihabara's largest shop for secondhand otaku merchandise.
  2. If you enjoy cosplaying, ACOS has an impressive selection of wigs, makeup, and other cosplay products.
  3. PASELA offers more than just karaoke—the food's great, too, with restaurants, as well as game and anime-themed cafés. The Honey Toast Café is popular among an international crowd. There are bars where you can play darts or sports. There's an incredible variety of entertainment.
  4. It's nice to unwind at Fukumori, a quiet, stylish cafe in the Manseibashi area.

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