Novelty t-shirts come in a variety of styles, with everything from a simple phrase on the chest or back, to artistically displayed one-liners.
Kamizake Style Akihabara's specialty is novelty shirts with outrageous ideas and an Akihabara feel.
A plethora of t-shirts welcomes you from your first step into the shop. Other than t-shirts, the shop also stocks plenty of items like military-style shirts and pants and a wide selection of accessories.
Shirts with brand-new designs line the space around the entrance. The designs run the gamut from catch phrases that will make you laugh to designs you might run into at a Japanese supermarket.
The novelty shirt lineup contains over 300 different shirts consistently ranging from illustrated shirts featuring moe characters to gag t-shirts sporting funny phrases. The humor is light, very dark, and everything in between. The shop is covered from top to bottom in Akiba-style humor.
According to a staff member, the shop started making message T-shirts as part of a brand for the foreign market, which led to a lot of the products being military-themed. After that, the shop started selling gag T-shirts in Shimokitazawa. From there, they opened up another store in Akihabara and took a stab at making shirts featuring beautiful girls at appeal to Akiba fans.
The shopkeeper says that five or six new designs are released each month, and that designs are created mainly by the shop's in-house designer Himekawa. In addition, there are collaborations shirts with outside illustrators and comic artists. The designer has a sense of fun that is characteristic of Akiba culture, and it really shows in the shirts, which feature everything from standard phrases to popular anime lines and homages.
Himekawa says, "When the brand first started, the shirts mostly inverted phrases of popular T-shirts at the time. They were just really wild designs. Looking back on them, you could say that I was a bit complacent in my methods, but the impact was incredible."
The brand started out targeting a foreign market, and the designs are sure to go down well with foreign customers. New designs are coming out all the time, and it is the perfect place to pick out a souvenir with some Akiba flair.
- NAME：Kamikaze Style Akihabara
- ADDRESS：Adegawa Bldg. 1F, 3-6-17, Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo.
- HOURS OF OPERATION：From 12:00PM to 8:00PM
- CLOSE：Open every day (excepting New Year's)