Those who maintain venerable traditions are highly valued in Kyoto. Even though maiko and the older geiko are part of an exclusive high society, there are not enough new recruits anymore. In the renowned Gion area they dart out of taxis into teahouses at twilight, so there is little chance to stop them for a photo.
2016 has been a big year for Universal Studios Japan (USJ), which is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the “RE-BOOOOOOOORN!” campaign.
In Tokyo and hungry for a unique place that that serves delicious food but is unique? The Kawaii Monster Cafe is the perfect place to spend lunch or dinner! Located in Harajuku near Takeshi Street, the Kawaii Monster Café is a unique café offering great atmosphere and interesting food.
Every year in May they hold a free event at Yoyogi Koen (which means park in Japanese) situated near Harajuku. The premise is to have the hardcore group of members be joined by anyone who wishes to take part and slowly shuffle and lurch their way around the park for an hour or so.
Every year since 2003, Nagoya hosts the World Cosplay Summit Competition. Cosplay is short for "Costume Play." It's a global phenomenon which has been rising in popularity since the 1980s.
You can find many Japanese subculture shops in the Nakano Broadway shopping mall in front of Nakano station.