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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

DDNet in Japan 2016 #2: Museums for the otaku

Tourism by Matt S.

Here we go. My first "real" day in Japan, and I decided to spend it visiting museums and galleries. But not in the way you might expect. This is serious otaku stuff I was getting up to; I went to an exhibition celebrating 30 years of Dragon Quest, and another celebrating Studio Ghibli.

I'm sure you've heard this before, but the Japanese love their Dragon Quest. You could easily argue that this franchise is more valuable to Square Enix in Japan than the mighty Final Fantasy itself. So it comes as no surprise that Square Enix would do something to celebrate the 30 year anniversary from the point the first game was launched in its homeland.

This was a limited time exhibition, sadly, and serves as a good lesson to learn about Japan; research what is going on while you’re there thoroughly. There is every chance that there will be events on that appeal to your interest and hobbies, because there are endless temporary exhibits, cafes, and events being set up, but they will often be blink-and-you-miss-them in nature, running for a month or so before being pulled down. You’ll often be better off booking the tickets ahead of time, too, because crowd sizes might be limited, so a month or two before your trip, check in to what is going on around your areas of interest.

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DDNet in Japan 2016 #2: Museums for the otaku
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