One up. Akihabara: A Grand Exhibition of Sofubi Culture!

One up. Akihabara: A Grand Exhibition of Sofubi Culture!
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Do you know about sofubi (a portmanteau of “soft” and “vinyl”, a “b” sound is used because the “v” sound is rare in Japanese), toy figures made out of PVC (polyvinyl chloride)? Sofubi is part of Japanese popular culture that dates as far back as the 1960’s. One up. Akihabara is the place where you can get sofubi culture condensed into its purest form. Although this might make it sound like the sort of place meant only for hardcore fans, it’s a place that’s fun for those who are just looking as well!

The first thing to catch our eye is the exterior showcase. There are many different kinds of figures neatly on display here, it’s as if we’ve come to a sofubi exhibition! If you look carefully, you may be surprised at the painstaking attention to detail. Even if you might know many of the characters, it is possible that the designs or craftsmanship may sway you into wanting to buy some.
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Inside the shop are sofubi from independent designers as well as super rare and expensive ones. With so many items that can be found nowhere else in the world, fans come from far and wide to look for their “Holy Grail”.

If there is anything you want to look at, be sure to ask one of the shop clerks to assist you. Don’t hesitate to ask!

One up. offers 5% discount coupon who buy more than 10,000 yen with tax, so let’s take this opportunity! 

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One up. Akihabara
Address : AKIBA Cultures ZONE 3FC, Soto-Kanda 1-7-6, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Nearest Station : Akihabara
TEL : 03-6206-4201



Been working in girls’ fashion magazines for a long time and am now the chief editor of Tokyo Girls’ Update. I have more expertise in Japanese teen fashion than anyone else (probably)! I’m a huge fan of the Revolutionary Girl Utena and Bakemonogatari animes.

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