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Visiting Osaka’s Otaku Paradise

One of the main items I wanted to buy while in Japan were some figures from my favourite anime, Haruhi Suzumiya. If you don’t know who that is, she’s a bossy, kick arse high school student who believes in aliens and the universe literally revolves around her. So good!

Before this trip to Japan I owned one Haruhi Suzumiya figure and I really wanted to expand my collection. Figures are so much cheaper in Japan and the variety is incredible! So Liam and I decided to check out Nipponbashi; the Ōsaka equivalent to Tōkyō’s Akihabara. Nipponbashi or also known as Den Den Town, is a small neighbourhood in Ōsaka filled with electronic and hobby stores.

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One of the many stores in Nipponbashi.

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Collectors paradise!

Having never been to Nipponbashi, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I honestly didn’t think that I’d find the figures I wanted because Haruhi Suzumiya is an older anime. Boy was I wrong! This place has it all! Figures, anime, manga, cosplay and video games for any character and series you can imagine! And not just Japanese characters, but Western ones too.

The first store I walked into I found the Haruhi figure collection I needed. I was like a kid in a candy store! Rows and rows and piles and piles of figures all wanting me to take them home. I was scanning the shelves so fast my eyes couldn’t keep up! I could’ve easily spent ¥50000 but I (somewhat) restrained myself and walked out with just five Nendoroid Haruhi Suzumiya Series figures.

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Wall of Nendoroid figures.

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And more figures…

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And even more figures!

We wandered around all the big stores like Super Potato, Gundam’s and Animate plus loads of little stores too. We also spent a fair amount of time (and coin) playing arcade games and gatcha machines. I think most people would enjoy Nipponbashi, even if you don’t like anime or manga, because it’s such a unique shopping experience. Almost like a stumbling into a treasure trove. But make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring a backpack. I guarantee you’ll be there for hours!

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My favourite arcade game!

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Gashapon on gashapon on gashapon!

How to get here:

Subway
From Umeda (M16) take the Midōsuji Line bound for Namba and get off at Namba (M20). Transfer to the Sennichimae Line bound for Minami-Tatsumi and get off at Nipponbashi (S17). Take the south exit and walk straight along Sakaisuji St (about a 5 minute walk) until you reach the main hub.


Date of visit: Tuesday 30 December 2014

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