When people ask me why we took a trip to Japan, there are a few ways to respond. I could say it’s for the food or the sights, and that wouldn’t technically be a lie, but being a reader of this blog, you know perfectly well that everything ultimately traces back to our deep-rooted interest in the cartoons.

If this trip had happened a few years ago, I’m certain this post would be an even more unbearable spiel about bulging suitcases of loot and devastated wallets. But times have changed, and while we still keep up to date with what’s going on with anime, we only watch a couple of shows per season, and all but completely stopped collecting merch, so we didn’t come to Japan looking to buy anything in particular.

All this has made planning the trip a little tricky: how much time should one dedicate to shopping hubs when one has no real intention to buy? Should I write off other destinations off the itinerary just to allocate more time to the geek-oriented destinations? It would be a question that I would end up overthinking about.
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