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Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary in Tokyo Dome City

Nakayoshi is the name of a monthly Japanese magazine published by Kodansha. Nakayoshi (なかよし) means “good friend” in Japanese. Its target demographic is girls aged 9 – 15, called shōjo (少女). In fact, I got interested in Candy Candy, Sailor Moon and Card captor Sakura manga (and of course anime) when I was about that age.NakayoshiYes, you got it right! All this popular shōjo manga series and many others were serialized in the famous magazine Nakayoshi.Nakayoshi

Although not very big, Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary is something worth attention. Several photo spots, design of Ferris wheel, meals from the manga, published in Nakayoshi, and goodies with Sailor Moon and other characters. For more information and history of Nakayoshi check out the Anniversary website. Although it is only in Japanese, it is very interesting to look at old covers. They are very entertaining!


They even had CD disks with soundtracks from Sailor Moon and Candy Candy! There has been a lot of fuss over Sailor Moon recently (which I totally support), but the story about tomboy Candy from the orphanage home Pony’s House is almost forgotten by Japanese people now. NakayoshiI have never read or seen Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka, who was a big fan of Walt Disney. Actually, I knew the face, but only now realized that Osamu Tezuka is the name of manga artist, not his character. Another thing that surprised me was that in this manga a girl called Princess Sapphire pretends to be a boy (she is on a white horse in the picture).Nakayoshi


Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary

Address: Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Dome City
Telephone: 03-5842-6300
Opening Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Official website (only in Japanese): http://nakayosi60.com/
Access 1: 3 min. walk from Korakuen Subway Station, Exit 2
Access 2: 5 min. walk from JR Chuo line Suidobashi Station, West Exit
Distance to airport: 17 km from Haneda Airport

Article by Olga Kaneda

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