Ikebukuro District & Animate Studios


I was up near Ikebukuro district as it was next to the Pokémon centre and so decided to have an explore. I’d read that the area was anime but more aimed at girls.

One of the places I’d heard was foot to look around was Animate Studios. It had lots of different books, most were sealed in plastic but several were samples you could flick through.

As well as lots of anime stores there were some massive game complexes. I went to the Sega one and explored all the levels. There were claw machines on the bottom and then up and up you went with more and more arcade machines with the whirring of sirens and the sound of buttons being bashed.

It was nice to go there before Akihabara as a softer way to get into that environment.

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