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Japanese Anime Culture

27 June 2016 by Vanessa

Though anime is a global phenomenon, its roots find itself  in Japan. By definition, anime is simply Japanese animation created by computer or hand. Anime is often thought to have originated in the early 20th century. The style of anime most people are familiar with took off in the 1960s with one of Japan's most prominent anime artist, Osamu Tezuka leading the path for other artists to showcase their work domestically and internationally.

The impact that anime culture has had on Japan is so great that it's birthed the otaku subcultures which includes role-playing, computer gaming, cosplaying. All of these hobbies have huge followings in both Japan and internationally.

In Japan, anime has such a large influence, you can find statues, other landmarks and sites dedicated to the anime culture and their creators. For instance, in Odaiba, visitors will be greeted by a monstrous life-size Gundam at the entrance of the building which hosts a small indoor theme park dedicated to the popular anime series. The town of Akihabara, located near the heart of the capital, houses many shops and anime related venues. These are just two examples but the deeper you dig, you will see what an enormous influence the anime culture has on people in Japan.

Because of its tremendous popularity and following in Japan, there are anime related conventions that take place in Japan annually. The biggest of them all, Anime Japan, had over 135,323 attendees in just 3 days! With many anime related booths and events, any anime lover will find themselves immersed in anime utopia. with like-minded anime fans. 

Has anime influenced your country any way? If so, in what way? Have you ever been to any anime related convention; either in your country or abroad? What was that experience like? Please share your experience with the anime culture and the effect it has had on you either personally or in your country in the comment section! :)


Previous Comments (10)

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blu502

29 June 2016 at 01:09 AM

I just put 2 Gundam's together the other day. took forever!!!!!

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Pau

29 June 2016 at 02:02 AM

I'm from Spain. In Barcelona we celebrate manga fair. It is very funny and every year it is crowded. We also have the japan weekend, but it is always empty, although better for me. Accordingly, I've met mangakas as Jinsei Kataoka >o<

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Vanessa

30 June 2016 at 01:05 PM

Oh! That's awesome! We'd love to see!

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Vanessa

30 June 2016 at 01:06 PM

After a bit of googling, we found that there are quite a few awesome events in Barcelona! We'd love to visit some time!!

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animemecha

01 July 2016 at 04:09 AM

My anime introduction was way back in the early 1980s with Uchuu Senkan Yamato(宇宙戦艦ヤマト), Macross(マクロス) and Gatchaman(科学忍者隊ガッチャマン) - They were so much better than cartoons in the USA that I was hooked, and I still am today. I've visited Tokyo and spent way too much money in Akihabara as a result ^_^

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Tanja

01 July 2016 at 04:16 AM

I am from germany and my last convention I met was Dokomi. It was very great there and the people friendly too. It was my first chance to met the japanese mangaka Kore Yamazaki. I am very happy that Anime and Manga also took a place in Germany ^^

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Matthew Nidiffer

01 July 2016 at 02:49 PM

How do people get their boxes so quickly? I know the estimated shipping time is around the 20th-28th of each month, but I've seen people get there's days before July 1st. Regardless, it's definitely worth the wait. I just wish they'd come sooner :(

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Vanessa

04 July 2016 at 11:11 AM

Hi Matthew! We put utmost efforts so that everyone receive their boxes as early as possible, so we also regularly do pre-cut off shipping. If you subscribe at the beginning of the month, then you are most likely to be selected for pre-cut off shipping. If you'd like to change your billing date, we can help you out! Simply reach out to our support team at weloveyou@tokyotreat.com :)

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Vanessa

04 July 2016 at 11:53 AM

Sounds so much fun! ^__^ We'd love to attend Anime Cons in Germany!!

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Vanessa

04 July 2016 at 11:55 AM

Wow! Those animes are legendary!! ^__^

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