“Anime” – refer to Japanese animation
“Anime” is a borrowed word from “animation” in English. Japanese has a lot of borrowed word from the west & China but I am not going to talk about it here. This post is about Anime Kingdom in Osaka – The Denden Town. Let’s explore Japanese anime culture!
Anime Fans’ Paradise
Den Den town is a popular shopping destination for fans of Japanese anime and manga. I was doing a city tour in Osaka so included Den Den Town as well, since it is within walking distance from Nippombashi & Kuromon market.
Over here in Den Den Town, you also find small electronic stores that selling home-ware, camera and white goods. Plenty of video games stores/vintage games, toy shops and second-hand shops here. You may find some retro gems here.
Second Hand Shop
I was exploring one of the toy stores and find many of the toys are second-hand and retro. If you have lost some old toys in your childhood days and missed them badly, then this is the place to dig and very likely you can find them here.
This store (below) sells anime and manga figures and toys and most figures are being locked up behind the glass wardrobe. I heard you can also sell your old toy here.
A big fly sculpture at the top of the building in Den Den town
DVD & CD & Game Shops
Pombashi Hobbyist Village
Animate (Nippombashi Branch)
This is one of the biggest stores in Den Den town, it has 4 levels to see from various ranges of animate related stuff, such as comics, manga, CD & DVDs and cosplay costumes. Animate is the chain store which can be found in all over Japan. This place also hold events regularly so I would strongly recommend to check this store out.
Guru of Anime – Hayao Miyazaki
My favorite anime films would be some of the famous collections from director Hayao Miyazaki such as “Spirited Away” , “My neighbor Totoro” and the more recent masterpiece – “Ponyo”. Have you watched any of Hayao Miyazaki’s anime?
Anime merchandise aren’t cheap
Anime merchandise aren’t cheap at all, especially those popular characters or figures. Anime fan is willing to spend on their collectable.
Den Den town is favorite place for “Otaku”. Otaku mean young Japanese single man who is obsessed with anime, manga, cosplay, collectibles, role-playing and computer games. In English, the closer word I could think of is “geek”. Otaku usually stay hours at home and never come out to socialise with others. Have you met any “otaku” in your country?
Taito Station Osaka Den Den Town
Taito Station is another huge store for anime stuff, in total there are 4 levels.
If you are a fan of Japanese anime, you should include Den Den town when you are in Osaka. Wear your cosplay costume and walk around in Den Den town; or visit the maid cafe and get serve by young Japanese maids with over-the-top French maid outfits. These are the few things you may want to experience about the anime culture while in Den Den Town.
How to get there :
I was here by train as we parked our car in the hotel and took JR and subway.
- Nearest train station – Nippombashi Station or Namba Station