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Pop culture

Description of this category

If you are interested in learning about the latest fashion and trends in Japan, search for tours in this category. Japan has a distinctive and fast-moving pop culture that includes manga and anime, cosplay, movies, games, and pop music. Japanese pop culture has a great influence worldwide, shaping entertainment and cultural debate in Asia and beyond. One example is the notion of ‘kawaii’ which is sometimes translated as ‘cute’ but is more complicated than this translation suggests. Tokyo, with its popular Akihabara, Shibuya, Harajuku and Ikebukuro districts is a center of urban Japanese pop culture, but recently more local destinations, such as locations used in films and anime, are becoming popular with visitors. Guides can help you find these locations and explain their history and significance for Japanese people.