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Learning from Akihabara : the birth of a personapolis

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趣都の誕生 萌える都市アキハバラ
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Takayoshi Yamamura

This book offers a thorough analysis of the reasons behind Akihabara’s transformation into an otaku pilgrimage site from the late 90s through the early 2000s from the perspective of otaku cultural theory and urban theory. Classic work that deciphers the processes that give birth to sacred sites and transform urban space through “taste.”

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We’ve become familiar with the term “anime pilgrimage,” which happens when watching an animation motivates a person to visit to a specific place that is the setting, inspiration or otherwise somehow connected to the anime work. In addition, the “anime pilgrimage” movement is beginning to attract attention among overseas fans as well as scholars. I’ve compiled a list of useful introductory works primarily in the field of tourism research that offer a structural understanding of anime pilgrimages.

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