Lots of Americans are way into manga and anime, but Abby Denson loves both so much that she tries to go to Japan every year. She’s pretty much a fan of all Japanese pop culture and now she’s written and illustrated a fun travel guide to help others navigate the land of manga, lucky cats and ramen. She’ll tell you about the best times to go, how to deal with the weird toilets, where to find the most awesome souvenirs, what to eat (the ramen is WAY better than the stuff you find in the U.S. and the sweets are to die for), along with interesting things to see and do. You’ll also learn a few Japanese words from Abby’s cat, Kitty Sweet Tooth.
Comics conventions! Maid and butler cafes! Vending machines with funky food and drink! Abby throws you right into the middle of it all. After reading the Cool Japan Guide, you’ll want to hop the next flight to Tokyo and start your search for the perfect omamori and Taiyaki.
For another fun illustrated guide to Japan, check out Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet.