Mall Culture, Reviews, Features & Nostalgia!

Are you headed to the world famous and much celebrated Sapporo Snow Festival this year? Every year this wonderful celebration of snow grows ever bigger and more spectacular, with millions of tourists, both local and international, flooding the wonderful Hokkaido city of Sapporo to see the unbelievab...

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A little while ago we presented a photo tribute to the classic RX-78-2 gundam which had stood in front of Tokyo’s hugely popular DiverCity Mall, on the magnificent Odaiba island in Tokyo Bay, since 2012. We later introduced you to the old mech’s larger and more dynamic cousin, the RX Unicorn, wh...

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Osaka, in the Kansai region of Japan’s main Island, is Tokyo’s rowdier, brasher little brother. Their dialect is louder, they drink and eat like there’s no tomorrow and they are more than happy to tell you exactly what they’re thinking. Some would say that this makes Osaka the greatest city...

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Gifu Prefecture in the land-locked Chubu region is smack-bang in the middle of Japan. Most people who travel to the area will go to the breathtaking city of Nagoya, but nestled in this beautiful region is the LC world Motosu Shopping Mall (LCワールド本巣), in the more diminutive city of Mo...

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It is a thinly veiled secret that the Olinas Shopping Mall in the Kinshichou neighbourhood of Sumida, Tokyo was the inspiration for the TRON Mall which appears in massive hit anime, ‘SCHOOL-LIVE!’. Last year, the two came together in real life to turn the Olinas Mall into the TRON Mall as part...

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Sunshine City is a huge complex in the heart of the trendy Ikebukuro district of Tokyo. Ikebukuro has all of the upmarket stores of Ginza with the young vibe of Harajuku. The great thing, though, is that it is not as expensive as the former or as horrendously crowded as the latter. It is a great lei...

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There are many Mall lovers and Anime lovers. However, lovers of Malls IN Anime - now that is niche! For those of you who do meet in the sweet-spot of this Venn diagram of awesomeness, there have been many occasions where these two worlds have collided. This is a (totally un-) comprehensive list of m...

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In a previous feature, we mentioned how sometimes it is not always immediately obvious that a given City has any Malls. However, if we take a closer look we see that they are there, and in many cases are immense, only hidden underground or tucked into a Train Station or Skyscraper. It was always a...

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When you're in Tokyo, its easy to think there aren't that many Malls (in the traditional sense) around. However, there are many. They are just neatly tucked within other places of interest such as train stations and museums. In the case of Tokyo Solamachi, there is a massive multi-level Shopping Cen...

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Odaiba Island in Tokyo Bay was made by human hands in the mid-1800's and has since developed into a magical place, with no fewer than three Malls and many other attractions. One Mall, however, sticks out above all others: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. This is because DiverCity is where the giant, 18-meter...

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