Akihabara a.k.a Akiba
I’m not particularly fond of this place as I’ve lost too many wallets here throughout the years.
Too much distraction…maybe?
This was one of the days when my wallet started growing legs and ran away suddenly.
I would even say most people in Kabukicho are more honest, compared to Akiba (Akihabara in short).
Probably needed the money inside my wallet for their next adventure in a maid cafe of something.
Alright, enough ramblings and back to topic:
Akihabara; also called Akiba, means “Field of Autumn Leaves”.
Akiba is also known as “Akihabara Electric Town”:
Akihabara Denki Gai
Akihabara Denki Gai is a district of Tokyo, Japan. It is located less than five minutes by rail from Tokyo Station. Its name is frequently shortened to Akiba (アキバ) in Japan.
While there is an official locality named Akibahara, which is also 秋葉原 in kanji, nearby, the area known to most people as Akihabara include the railway station of the same name, also includes Soto-Kanda, a part of Chiyoda-ku.
Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chuo Dori, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chome.
New parts for PC building are readily available from a variety of stores. Tools, electrical parts, wires, micro-sized cameras and similar items are found in the cramped passageways of Soto Kanda 1-chome which is near the station.
Foreign tourists tend to visit the big name shops like Yodobashi or other specialty shops near the station, though there is more variety and lower prices at locales a little further away.
Akihabara gained some fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics.
Famous for its many electronics shops; Akihabara, in more recent years, has gained recognition as the center of Japan’s Otaku culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district.
Akihabara has also been undergoing some major redevelopment recently with the addition of the Akihabara Crossfield complex aimed at promoting Akihabara as a center for global electronics technology and trade, and a major renovation of Akihabara Station and surroundings.
On Sundays, the main street is closed to car traffic from 13:00 to 18:00.
Hundreds of electronics shops, ranging from tiny one man stalls specializing in a particular electronic component to large electronics retailers, line the main Chuo Dori street and the crowded side streets around Akihabara. They offer everything from the newest computers, cameras, televisions, mobile phones, electronics parts and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk.
Well…These are electrical appliances after all, right?
More of these in a bit! 🙂
A few chain stores such as Sofmap and Laox each operate multiple specialized branches along the main roads, while small independent shops can be found in the side streets. The only mega sized store is the Yodobashi Camera complex on the east side of the station.
Note that some of the electronics on sale are only intended for use in Japan due to voltage and other technical differences, Japanese language documentation and limited warranties. However, several stores also feature a selection of international models intended for overseas use, and most also offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10,000 yen (passport required).
(No, not M&M candy chocolates!)
Akihabara, the famous electric town of Tokyo is not only known for the tech gadgets, maids and toys, it’s also the one place for porn and sex toys.
And the Japanese are not shy when it comes to sex. Right in the heart of Akihabara, you’ll find a 7-story sex shop called M’s, selling everything from lingerie to 600,000 yen sex dolls.
So…what is M ?
M’s is an incredibly famous, 7-floor sex shop in Akihabara.
People under the age of 18 and photography are both forbidden. M’s has a regular flow of customers, not only from tourists.
If you try on and allow the staff to take a picture in of the costumes at M’s, you get a 20% discount.
This shop in Akihabara is almost always tourists lists on “weird things to do in Japan”.
Oh and before I forget…they sell used panties by Japanese schoolgirls in Gachapon machines too..
The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. In the last decade Akihabara has emerged as a center of Japanese otaku and anime culture.
Dozens of stores specializing in anime, manga, retro video games, figurines, card games and other collectibles have filled the spaces between the electronics retailers.
In addition to shops, various other animation related establishments have become popular in the area, particularly maid cafes where waitresses dress up and act like maids or anime characters, and manga kissaten – “comics cafes”, a type of internet cafe where customers can read comics and watch DVDs while having internet access – included in the bill.
Geek is in.
Passed by the Square Enix Showcase on the way back and decided to pop by to take a look at my favorite Final Fantasy characters!
Did a post on it quite some time back, click the link to check it out!
And that just about sums up my day.
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