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Pop Japan Travel is a premiere provider of Pop Culture Tours in Japan. The company is an agency that organizes tours throughout Japan. Their specialize in theme-based tours, like the Hanabi Tour they offer for those who wish to enjoy the traditional fireworks display and other iconic summer festivals of Japan, the Akihabara tour of rthe technology and anime geeks, etc.

Japan the land of Anime and Manga, attracts a lot of youth.  A must for the Japan Pop Culture Lovers.
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whats great is that you also have variety of other options to choose from.

But due to the current situation in Japan, they have cancelled all their Japan services for 2011. But there is 2012 to look forward to.

Let us all pray for the quick recovery in Japan.


The Akatsuka Award is a semi-annual award presented to comdey centric mangakas by the Japanese publisher Shueisha.

The award was named after Fujio Akatsuka, one of the most successful gag manga artists. Since 1974, it was started to reward new mangaka in the Comedy Manga category. Its counterpart award, Tezuka Award, awards new mangaka in the Story Manga category. Its named after the legendary Osamu Tezuka.

The Tezuka Award is for the New Comic Artists in the Story Manga category whereas Akatsuka award is offerd for the Comedic Manga category.

The purpose of the awards is to cultivate new artists or also called Mangakas.!/TOKYOPOP?sk=wall

One stop destination for anything that concerns Manga is the publishing house  TOKYOPOP.

Founded originally in 1997 as Mixx, its an Entertainment brand which distributes and publishes Manga in Japanese, English and German.
It was restructured as TOKYOPOP in 2008.

Tokyopop boasts of a varied list of Manga titles like Fruit Basket, Hetalia, Chibi Vampire, Loveless, World of WarCraft, Gothic & Lolita Bible , to name a few.

Comiket or Comic Market, is the world’s largest self published Comic book fair and takes places bi-anually in Tokyo, Japan.

It is held once in August(the Summer Komike) and once in December (Winter Komike).

NastuComi (Summer Comiket) is three days long, and usually is held during the weekend around Aug 15. FuyuComi(Winter Comiket) is two to three days long and usually is held between Dec 28 and 31.

The next Comiket, will be held on August 12, 13, 14 2011.

You can find Doujinshi, selfpublished by Anime and Manga fans. Comiket was one of the first regular established festivals in Japan. 

Countdown of movie releases in Japan. Stay tuned.

Yes of course there is a radiation level in Japan. Yes of course it is at your own risk to visit Japan. But if you are heading there and you are a fan of Manga, Cosplay, Gothic lolita and Anime do not skip to visit this place.

The International Manga Museum in Kyoto, Japan. A must be in terms of sight seeing. The collection is presented in a former school and gives you an overview about the history of Manga. A must place to visit – sorry for using the japanese term – for every otaku. shōjo manga, science fiction manga, Bleach, Naruto, …. popular all around the globe but also not so know Mangas are part of the collection.
A selection of unforgettable pictures ….

A group of manga artists, under the guidance of  Ranjo Miyake, have launched a post-tsunami art project, entitled “Jishin no Baka Yaro: MDS Sakusen”, or “F*** You, Earthquake”.

Many  manga artists thought “I want to help! Through manga!” And that’s what we’re doing. These are the illustrations and messages submitted by manga artists who want to do what they can now”.

The title was thought up by Shiriagari Kotobuki. The project’s subtitle, “Manga-ka datte dekiru koto wo suru”, means “Even manga artists will do what they can”. As manga artists we send you messages from deep within our souls. We’re powerless to help you, but we are thinking of you, praying for you, wishing you well”.

After massive earthquake and Tsunami tragedy, which hit March 11, 2011 in Japan, 14 world-renowned photojournalists get together to show their pictures and raise funds to the victims.

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Well in 2006 we were doing the first pictures at a convention…

It was fun, the people were standing in front of a white wall. They could chose backgrounds of my travel to japan…. like Cherry Blossom, Tokyo,… All done in Photoshop, right after the shooting…

I liked the idea at the start, but got later more fascinated by photographing outdoors, creating a surreal look at the shoot without the help of a computer. The Yume Genjitsu series started due to that…