From Tokyo To Delhi: Visit The Japan Foundation In Lajpat Nagar To Learn Japanese Or Read Manga

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What Makes It Awesome

I recently visited The Japan Foundation in Lajpat Nagar-4 with my brother, and the overall experience certainly didn't disappoint us. Having grown up watching Japanese anime and reading manga comics {Naruto, Dragon Ball series, Attack On Titans, Pokemon and others}, I just absolutely loved the place right from the moment we entered.

The Japan Foundation houses a library on the first floor, and its collection is really remarkable - from fiction to non-fiction, there's something for everybody. There's even a special manga reading zone, where you can pick up any manga comic and just sit and read {although you have to become a member of the JF library first}. One may also pick up CDs/DVDs of various Japanese films and watch them on the library computers that are there. Also, the members are allowed to browse the internet for 30 to 45 minutes per day. And if that wasn't enough, there are anime costumes of famous characters that members and visitors can try on and click selfies while wearing them.

The learning centre is on the second floor, it is where the classes are held for the Japanese courses that are taught there. Yes! One can also learn Japanese here, how cool is that? So if you fancy learning this foreign language, you now know where exactly you need to be. There's even an art gallery in the basement showcasing fabulous modern artwork by talented Japanese artists. Make sure to take your time to appreciate the art exhibit.

What Could Be Better?

The timings need to be improved drastically if they seriously want people other than their members to come in and appreciate the spot for what it really offers.

What's My Pro Tip?

If you call yourself an anime fan or happen to be an avid manga reader, then you should definitely get yourself a membership to their library, it's only going to set you back by INR 300, which is the registration fee for a year. Sorted right?

However, the membership is only available to Delhi & NCR residents.

Anything Else?

The Japan Foundation {also known as Kokusai Koryu Kikin} was founded way back in 1972 to basically cultivate friendship and ties between Japan and India. Even after operating for 45 years, I noticed that the place still never fails to attract a crowd. Also, the spot is really near Moolchand metro station.

Plus, check their Facebook page here - { } and Twitter handle here - { } for updates and any other details.

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