Sexualized Teens: AKB48 and Jailbait Culture

Anyone who spends more than two minutes walking the streets of Toyko’s Akihabara district will probably spot it immediately. There’s a barely-hidden obsession with young teen girls in Japan. 

The Japanese Idol Room Experience

It’s mid-afternoon in Akihabra. I’ve been in and out of shops all morning, bewildered by cutesy anime characters, girls in costume, tight clusters of shoppers, and an array of noise from every direction. On my way down the street I stop to picture-read another cluster of signs on the side of the road, but I […]