My Tokyo Guide
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Updated: April 2, 2018
Country/Region: United States
Number of Visits to Japan: Around 5 times
This time, we walked through the streets of Akihabara, bypassing alleys full of specialty electronics vendors, peeking into anime shops and eventually landing at a concert venue called Dear Stage. We also had ramen at Aoba, sung anime karaoke, and strolled through the narrow lanes of Golden Gai.
At Dear Stage, each woman who works as a server is also a performer, singing and dancing on stage each night in the hopes of being scouted, her talents discovered because they stand out above the rest. It’s unlike any other place I’ve ever been and is a truly fascinating part of Japanese subculture.
Akihabara Station to Nakano Station on the JR Line
Like many Japanese eateries, the bulk of the floor area in Aoba is taken up by the kitchen, so each patron at the counter is guaranteed a front-row view of the action. It was easy to fall into a trance watching the repetitive, careful assembly of ramen bowls one after the other, all virtually identical given that there were a few items to choose from.
Nakano Station to Shinjuku Station on the JR Line