Large Shopping Area Remodeled to Actively Promote Otaku Culture

Actual Road in Japan is Conquered by the Anime – Kobe Anime Street is Now Open!

As if we needed the advertising…but I’m happy to have it!

This street actually had it’s “Grand Opening” ceremony back on March 29th, 2015, but it’s a wonderful place to actually exist.  I hope to get the chance to visit someday.  Who knows, maybe someday, there will be even MORE streets like this!  (We can only dream, right?)

Kobe is a port city, as well as one of the largest cities in Japan.  It’s nice to see them put effort into actually cultivating an “otaku” culture.  I know some people shy away from the word “otaku,” or are even offended by it, but in this sense it is being used to mean fans of anime, cosplay, and plastic model figures – and this is an obvious case of it being seen in a positive light.

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A new shopping area in Kobe has opened to promote otaku culture, the KOBE ANIME STREET had it’s grand opening on March 29th, 2015. The new street features 8 unique new shops and entertainment spots people can enjoy, all relating to otaku culture such as anime, cosplay, and plastic model figures.

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KOBE ANIME STREET is a combined project being worked on by the people of Kobe city and the universities around Shinnagata station. The shops include a specialty store which sells and rents cosplay costumes, cafes that play anime music, and shops with plastic models and figures on display.

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Head over to their site to check out the full article, including a neat 30-second video showing off some of the new attractions!

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