Define weeaboo trash. According to urban dictionary it’s a term that came from otaku which means weirdo in Japanese. This is a joking term used by anime, manga and Japan lovers to describe their intense feelings about their passions. This term is also used for lovers of Korea too. For example, Koreaboo trash is a term K-pop and K-drama fans use light heartedly.
Picture this: anime, robots, manga, Lolitas, the Shibuya crossing. Alas, you see it now don’t you? The world you’ve read about, the world you’ve seen on TV and even knew through anime. The strange place that is Tokyo, a foreign animal within itself.
Many times I get asked, “Help! What do I do in Tokyo? There’s so much to do.” Everyone has a broad range of interests, but if you were like me in the early 2000s and obsessed with Japan’s funky, strange and animation culture, then this ultimate Tokyo itinerary for weeaboo trash is for you.
If you are a diehard otaku, then you need to visit Akihabara first. If you want to browse electronics and latest high tech gadgets, Akihabara is a no brainer. Many stores and establishments such as maid cafes proudly display anime and manga banners. You’ll find everything from manga cafes to figurines of the most popular characters.
Anyone a fan of Macross or Gundam Seed? Gundam is a billion dollar franchise and known all over the world. I’ve gone back to rewatch some series countless times. Any of my American friends remember geeking out to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing on Toonami after school at 3:30pm? The Gundam Front is for all that love any of the iconic Gundam series. It’s best for selfies and shopping at the mini pop up for figurines.
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Hachiko at Shibuya
Every weeaboo knows the story of the loyal Akita named Hachiko. His heart warming tale and love for his master made Hachi wait every day at Shibuya Station even after his owner’s untimely passing. Unfortunately for Hachi, the professor never returned, but they were reunited in death. Today, it’s a popular meeting and smoking spot. If it rains, try not to bring a clear umbrella. Everyone has one.
Robot Restaurant is certainly the embodiment of the “Cool Japan” Prime Minister Abe is pushing. The show has been described as silly, wild and an all around good time. You’ll be treated to some snacks, dancing and robots with some Power Rangers inspiration.
In this interesting cafe the world of the imagination meets cute nightmares and wonderland. You get it, right? Everything in there is adorable, freaky and candy themed. There are loads of lips everywhere so imagine this as a drug trip Kylie Jenner never came down from and presto! You’ll even get to sit in a fantastically decorated macaroon room. This place is super crowded so make sure you get a reservation before you go!
Harajuku’s Takeshita Street
Have you ever wanted to spot the Lolitas, eat crepes and shop for the cutest accessories? Everything is pink and girly themed including the Daiso (100 yen store). Just be aware no matter what time of day you go, Harajuku will be packed with people, cosplayers, touts and Tokyo’s trend setting youth.
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Have you grown up watching Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro? As a lover of both these animations and any of the works of Hayao Miyazaki, this museum doesn’t disappoint. You’re not allowed to take photos inside, but you can snap photos outside and with the robot from Castle in the Sky on the roof. Since the Ghibli Museum is always poppin make sure you reserve your tickets ahead of time to join in on the magic.
Oh yes, you read right on this one. Ready to get static shocked by cute Pikachu plushes? I know I am ready to get electrocuted out of the world with all the adorable vomit inducing Pokemon. Gotta catch em all? The only decisions you’ll be faced with is which Charmander in costume is cuter. Do you need any more convincing? Most likely not.
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If you remember Sailor Moon, you’ll remember the iconic moment when she and Darien ride up the elevator to meet their doom at the hands of Zoisite. You’ll also remember her moving determinedly toward this Eiffel Tower knockoff in Crystal when they battle Malachite and Usagi discovers her hidden past as the princess of the Silver Millennium. Am I getting too ahead of myself here? Well hopefully you’re on the same page as me.
The series that took the world by storm and many interesting adventures has its own theme park. It features games with the characters, merchandise, and Franky’s cola bar. You can dine at Sanji’s Oresama Bar and geek out to your heart’s desire. Yes, please.
In short, wear your weeaboo tag with pride. While living in Japan, I ventured many times to otaku places and never felt sorry about it and neither should you. The world in J-dramas, animes, and picture books is real and it can make you tingle with excitement in all the right places. P.S. Don’t take that the wrong way. Leave me a comment if you’ve been to any of these places or there’s more that should be added to the list.