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TACO ché

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Devilchoco
Written by Devilchoco

Otaku Culture Beyond Expectation in Nakano

This article introduces you “TACO ché“, a bookshop in Nakano Broadway, a centerpiece of Otaku culture, which I introduced in the previous article.

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This store deals with self-published books, indie books and paintings that are not available through major distribution system, indie CDs, international graphic books, whatever is hardcore.

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You’ll never forget the sign once you see it.

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This is painted by Mimiyo Tomozawa, a cartoonist, giving you the impression that this is nothing like an ordinary bookshop.

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The over 10 thousand volumes make TACO ché stand out among other shops.

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The store is not spacious but is crammed with indie books, indie CDs, can badges, and vintage magazines that look over 10 years old.

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You can see how extraordinary those pieces are.

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“TACO ché” relocated to Nakano broadway in 1995. It originally opened in Waseda, they moved to Koenji, then to current location. It used to deal mainly in works by writes of “Garo”, a comic book magazine.
* “Garo” is a comic magazine published from 1964 till 2002, representing Japanese sub-culture.

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They also sell online(It’s available in English and French) and have in-store exhibitions and events.
Come visit “TACO ché” full of inspiration and stimulation.

In the next article I will introduce “Chinkoman”(Means “Dickman” in Japanese) by Jiro Ishikawa.

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About the author

Devilchoco

Devilchoco

海外周遊と漫画が好き。

点が繋がり絵となる。
その絵に物語と言葉が繋がり漫画となる。
2次元で創造された世界が時代や国境を越えて私達読み手へと繋がっていく。
Asian-portからそんな世界を目指したい。

I Love traveling abroad and reading comic books.

Dots turn into the drawing.
The drawing gets connected with the story, becoming a comic book.
The 2-D world goes beyond the borders and generations to reach us, readers.
This is what I would like to accomplish on Asian-port.

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