A carefully planned urban revolution has poshed the place up over the last couple of years. New high rises, open plazas, restaurants and cafes now spread out around the station. There are almost as many places to eat as shop.
Welcome to Otaku Spaces, inhabited by some of Japan's most enthusiastic consumers and collectors. Today otaku refers to fans of all stripes; it is a label that is embraced as passionately by some as it is rejected by others. This is a terrain of contested meanings.