Manga drawings at Kanda Myōjin

Kanda Myōjin is near Akihabara, the centre of manga/anime culture in Tokyo. It attracts many fans as well as wannabe artists, who leave ema (wooden votive tablets) expressing their wishes at the shrine. The messages range from simple wishes for happiness in the year ahead (I took these photos in February) to very specific wishes for success as a manga artist or, in some quirky cases, happiness for a manga character!

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Akihabara sunflower

I found a sunflower growing in a small patch of soil in Akihabara. It was so unexpected that I stopped to take a photo with my phone, although it was getting dark. It’s just past Yodobashi Camera in the direction of Okachimachi.