10 Sights from Japan you typically see in anime
Since I made my otaku dream come true of actually going to the Land of the Rising Sun, I was on the lookout for scenery I would usually see in anime. In a kind of surreal way, Japan turned out to be TOO MUCH like what I've seen in anime and movies.
Here are 10 sights I checked off my weaboo "to see" list:
10. Campus notebooks
|Screencap by yadyn.|
|All the pastel colors of the rainbow!|
9. Cute uniforms
|Had me wishing I flew with Japan Airlines.|
|Tokyuu Hands staff in Winter uniform.|
Apparently they're also required to say "Irasshaimase, goran kudasai!" in and EXTRA nasal voice! (Welcome, please have a look). After the 20th one, it either becomes really funny, really annoying, or you stop noticing altogether.
8. City tower that looks like Eiffel tower
|Name all the CLAMP series that have a scene with Tokyo Tower in them!|
7. Winter Illuminations
|Screencap by Avvesione.|
|Walking in a consumerist wonderland.|
While very few homes go through the trouble of decking out the front yard with lights, malls and busy street areas make sure to drape as many lights as possible. While it did make the atmosphere feel Christmassy, there was none of the tacky and over the top decorations I'm used to see in the States. The atmosphere of unbridled consumerism definitely permeated the air of Nipon this time of the month, though.
6. Conbini (convenience store)
|This 7-11 X Evangelion campaign had just started when I got to Japan, November 2014.|
|The 7-11 closest to our apartment.|
|The Circle-K right off our train station.|
|Lawson's, that OTHER conbini. The letters in red say alcohol and cigarettes.|
5. Vending machines
|Vending machines in a school setting. Image from Astronerdboy.|
|Of course you can also buy cigarettes from some.|
|Where you least expect them!|
4. UFO Catcher
|Screencap by natettatte.|
|A case where you actually play for the toys displayed, the next one up is Levi.|
Either way, it turned out that it's not really that difficult to get a prize from the games, you can even ask the attendant to change the toy that is currently available so you can try winning one that you actually want. Although the amount of time/effort/yen you will spend trying to win an item is relative to it's actual value.
3. Girls in ridiculously short skirts
|Ikuno Emiro giving us a good look under her skirt. Nozoki Ana recolor by dianaluc.|
|How is she not freezing, or tripping!?|
My friend, cropped out on the left, wearing a coat.
The girl in the picture was wearing flesh colored tights, but that doesn't provide a great deal of warmth. I saw school girls wearing only their under the knee socks in snowing weather.
Amazingly, I never got a glimpse of panty shot.
2. Absolute Zone
Behold! Over the knee and thigh high stockings are actually a thing in Japan that girls are wearing. Now, to me, this look has already become a fetish due to anime and pixiv illustrations, so I couldn't help ogling any girls that walked around in their thigh highs and internally giving them or subtracting points depending on how far up the thigh the stockings placed, how short the skirt/bottom was, and how much of a skin pinch was going on.
Of course, girls in Japan are for the most part, thin or super skinny, and their waif like legs don't run into the same problems a larger girl like myself suffers when trying to pull up stockings past my knees . . . so, kudos to them! Braving the cold in that tender part of their thighs!
1. Maid Cafe
Often imitated in American anime conventions, but never quite replicated, the maid cafe is that otaku haven where you can buy rather conventional food (an omelette, a sandwich, rice and curry) for a slightly higher fee, because a cute, peppy and adorably attired girl will be serving it to you. (Wait, but this is the case in most Japanese restaurants...?)
|Maid Dreaming chain of maid cafes.|
|KAWAII AS F..K!|
|Don't be fooled, you don't do cosplay here, it's a cosplay cabaret club!|
There you go! These are the 10 sights I totally geeked out to be able to see in person while I was in Japan. Actually, I still have another 3 weeks here, so what other scenes from anime do you think I'm missing?