The One about Mandarake at Nakano Broadway

In Japan, when it comes to used anime, manga and toys, Mandarake is one of Tokyo’s most well-known stores to visit. While there are stores that people can find in Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Akihabara, Osaka, Utsunomiya, Sapporo, nagoya, Umeda, Kokura and Fukuoka (and at one point, there was a store in Torrance, California), the Mandarake that I visit is in Nakano Broadway. In fact, Mandarake was established in 1987 in Nakano […]

The One about the Fujiya Nakano Broadway

One of the well know snacks in Japan is from Fujiya Food Service and has chain of confectionery shops and restaurants throughout Japan. And while this blog is about the Fujiya Nakano Broadway, I have to write a little bit about the company’s history. Created in 1910 (Meiji 43) by Rinemon Fujii, he opened a sweets shop at the Motomachi store in Yokohama and many would come to the store […]

The One about Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway, the otaku shopping area of Nakano (a special ward in Tokyo). A ward that epitomizes Showa era (1926-1989) and the bubble economy, back in 1960, the construction of Nakano Broadway building was created. The goal was to create a 10-story shopping and apartment complex and in 1966, the building was a go to destination. It was a location where many entertainers lived, the location had luxurious outdoor pools, […]