Welcome to Around Akiba!

Around Akiba is documenting what’s going on in fandoms, subcultures, “Cool Japan,” and much, much more.

Since the 1980s, Akihabara has transformed into an “Otaku mecca” in the minds of millions. Game, manga, and anime related stores line the streets. Built boards of the latest anime dot the skyline. On an average day, maids hand out flyers trying to charm customers into their cafes.

This is the “Akiba,” many imagine that represents “Cool Japan” and Japanese subculture. In reality, Japanese subcultures are not concentrated in Akihabara but rather dispersed throughout Japan, online, and increasingly the world.

Originally, Around Akiba wanted to open Akiba, the physical the location, to the world. Considering the ever-changing, and ever-shifting nature of Japanese pop culture and subcultures, Around Akiba does not merely view Akiba as the physical location of Akihabara, Tokyo. Rather, Akiba represents the diffusion and fusion of Japan Pop and love.

Team Members

Emma Hanashiro

Emma Hanashiro

Editor-in-Chief
A weekend hikikomori with an expertise in fujoshi culture and anime. Dreams of writing her own Boys’ Love manga someday.
Emma Hanashiro

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Emma Hanashiro
Jazzy

Jazzy

Contributing Writer
A 20-something American into music, vegan food, and new experiences, currently fulfilling a long-held dream of living in Japan.
Jazzy
Maria Inez Mie

Maria Inez Mie

Contributing Writer
A horror maniac who is simply looking for a yokai to call her own. Dreams of one day being able to translate what she loves from the comfort of her very own haunted house.
Maria Inez Mie

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Maria Inez Mie
I translate the work of comic artist Nekojiru, here is where I post translations, please enjoy. All work translated by Maria Inez Mie. Website: http://enjoynekojiru.tumblr.com
R. Lowen

R. Lowen

Contributing Wrtier
Cosplayer, YouTuber, breaks out the old memes. Strives to put the "argh" in "R. Lowen," one day at a time.
R. Lowen
R. Lowen
https://www.instagram.com/r_lowen/
Amy King

Amy King

Contributing Writer
Known as Cairdiuil or Cairdiuil_ak on the internet. Just another Amy who loves cosplaying hailing from Ireland currently living in Japan. Here to experience what she loves. 🙂
Amy King
Amy King

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Amy King
Amy Cairdiuil: Irish cosplayer living in Japan. Loves anime and travelling. What to document my life as a cosplayer and my time in Japan. So I finally set up a youtube channel. 🙂
Ryan Kirkland

Ryan Kirkland

Video Game Correspondent
Instructor by day, gamer by night. Nothing stops this man when testing his might.
Ryan Kirkland
April

April

Contributing Writer
A hobby artist whose creative muses range from Rembrandt to Yotsuba. Always exploring and seeking new adventures.
April
Zeb Teckto

Zeb Teckto

Contributing Writer
Writer and observer in Tokyo. In the search for the ultimate anime startup.
Zeb Teckto
Christian Romo

Christian Romo

Contributing Writer
Fanatic of international baseball and a dabbler in anime, trying to find enlightenment in the intersection of the two.
Christian Romo
Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

Contributing Writer
Tim Taylor is an otaku and cosplayer with aspirations toward working in Japan as a game designer. He owns every commercially popular game system from the Atari 2600 to the Nintendo Switch, and can often be found dancing to ParaPara music in his spare time.
Tim Taylor
Tim Taylor
Mie Frazier

Mie Frazier

Contributing Writer
A cat lady who can't get enough of cute things and delicious food. She enjoys cosplaying and watching anime with her cats.
Mie Frazier

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Mie Frazier
https://www.instagram.com/gowawaynao/
Jessica Fong

Jessica Fong

A total nerd who loves idols and cute girls more than basically anything in this life. Can only ever be found wearing over-the-top accessory-laden J-fashion coordinates or very worn pajamas - nothing in between.
Jessica Fong

Media Partners

1UP-Information-Center-bunner1UP Information Center
Delivering the latest on anime, games, hobbies, electronics, cosplay, and cuisine from Akihabara before all the others.
http://www.kk1up.jp/

 

corerare

CoreRare
Broadcaster and coordinator of everything from events and activities to shop introductions and promotion in Akihabara.
http://corerare.jp/

 

nippo
Akiba Nippoh
A top Akiba news blog covering everything about the ever-changing Akihabara, funny or serious, old or new.
http://akibanippoh.ldblog.jp/

 

akibajigoku

Akiba Jigoku
Introducing news on anime, voice actors, figures, games, and more from Akihabara.
http://ioryhamon.com/

 

akiba+ロゴakiba+
Always delivering great news from Akihabara, plus something extra.
http://www.akiba-plus.com/