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秋葉原 Akihabara

秋葉原 Akihabara

Upon exiting Electric Town exit of Akihabara station, one can see numerous electronic stores lined on both sides of the street, and a strange sight of staff dressed in maid costumes distributing flyers. Akihabara is a lively area full of popular culture such as anime (animation), manga and maid cafes.

Commonly referred to as Akiba. Renowned as the world’s leading electronics district, you will have no trouble finding computers, computer parts, cellphones and Internet products in this town that offers the latest in multimedia. Since the late 90’s, stores specializing in figures and fanzines that were located in Shibuya and Ikebukuro all moved to Akihabara.

Akihabara

The area is currently lined with Japanese animation, comic and idol shops, adult stores, figure and maid cafes, and has become famous as the “The Mecca of Otaku (obsessive hobbyist) culture.” It has expanded into a town overflowing with energy generated by young men referred to as “Otaku” or “Moe-kei.” Yasushi Akimoto who believes, “Idols are born in the most energetic area of the times,” chose this town as the stage to form Japan’s national idol group, AKB48. Handshake and photo events with idols held in Akihabara attract many young people. For those who want to enjoy sightseeing in trendy Akihabara and are also interested in Japan’s animation culture, Tokyo Anime Center is the place to visit. Many anime character goods are available here, including original items only sold here. GUNDAM Caf? is another popular spot where you can enjoy the world of “Mobile Suit Gundam” that revolutionized the robot animation scene in Japan in the 80’s. Yodobashi Camera’s Akihabara Store, handling figures and toys in addition to the latest electronic appliances, offers duty free services if you bring your passport. The English speaking staffs also make shopping more convenient for foreign tourists.