Published by Antonio Tajuelo
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Akihabara is the district of Tokyo that is considered as the center of the otaku culture. In this place there are many shops offering manga, anime, video games and electronics. In certain way, Akihabara is a place where every otaku would like to be at least once in life, so this is one of the places of Tokyo that makes me very feel very happy for exploring it ^^.
Just in Akihabara Station is easy to notice that now you will be surrounded by otaku things everywhere. Many signs announcing the next anime series and video game releases.
The exit that takes you to the shop area is "Akihabara Electric Town".
Going out from the station I saw an ad about Little Busters! (one of my favorite anime series). ^^
Rows and rows of Bandai gashapon machines ^^.
Close to Akihabara Station it is located Volks, where you can find many anime figures and dolls for sale.
At Akihabara there are many electronics shops, where you can buy complete devices or just parts. There are many small streets full of shops of this kind, so I think that probably any electronic part in existence can be found at Akihabara.
Trains go up there! This street is Chuo-Dori and most of the big Akihabara stores are here.
This Sega building is a game center. 5 floors full of videogames!
Sofmap is a store chain that sells electronic products, both new and second-hand.
Anime figure shop in Akihabara ^^. This kind of figures are quite popular in Japan and many young people collect them.
This shop sells DVDs (I think...).
Vending machines next to the Sega game center.
Kotobukiya is an anime figure manufacturer. They have a huge store in Akihabara that it is worth visiting. Obviously I did it heheheh ^^.
Ads about something related to Evangelion ^^.
More gashapon machines.
Evangelion figures for sale at Kotobukiya store.
I think this sign means that you can pay the products you are buying in each floor.
Big sized Danbo!
Figures for sale at Kotobukiya store.
Madoka Magica figure. Kinda cute ^^.
Ads announcing the upcoming figure releases. Many of them can only be get by doing a reservation before the release date (sometimes a reservation many months ahead from the release date is needed).
Back to Akihabara streets!
In this street you can find some maid-themed cafes. They are basically cafes where customers are served by girls wearing maid costumes. I didn't go to any, but ads were everywhere. Also, there are girls in the street trying to attract new customers into the cafes.
Girl at a balcony in Akihabara advertising a maid cafe.
You can spend hours just walking around Akihabara streets. There are many electronic devices shops.
Electronic components shop. Notice the drawing on the price signs ^^.
It doesn't seem like that, but these are coin lockers where anyone can put objects inside for not carrying them around.
More shops under the train rails in Akihabara.
The electronic device list that you can find in Akihabara is endless: old gaming systems, TVs, binoculars, home appliances...
Getting some energies at Mister Donut before continuing to explore Akihabara. I got a Snoopy cake for 153 yen, about 1€.
At Chuo-dori there are some huge building that are part of today's Akihabara identity. The red building is Game Taito Station, a gaming center. There are more of them in Tokyo.
In this photo you can see three well-known stores from Akihabara:
- On the left side, the building with a penguin on it, is Don Quijote (also known as just Donki). It is a discount store where you can find many kind of products.
- On the right side you can see Toranoana Comic, also known as just Tora. It is a huge store for dōjin manga, published by amateur artists.
At Chuo-dori you can also find big electronics stores. One of the things that caught my attention was that products were being exposed directly in the street without being stolen. This would be impossible to happen in Spain!
Laptops exposed in the street.
Look close to this photo. There is an iPhone 5S in the street, without any kind of surveillance and no one is taking it away ^^. It's sad to say this, but being used to Spain, this kind of things seem strange to me!
Nendoroid figures for sale ^^. I would buy many of them, but they don't fit in my suitcase hehehe.
Mailbox for sending letters or postcards from Akihabara.
Guide of the shops inside this building. How many shops can you recognize?
Mazinger Z guarding the entrance of one of the Akihabara stores.
More gashapon ^^.
Walking by Akihabara's surroundings I found the Fantastic Car parked.
This car is owned by a Japanese man who has builded it taking care of every small detail.
Amazing amount of panels and lights inside the car! It even has a huge GPS map inside ^^.
Going around Akihabara again, now at night.
A cloud sent some drops over the people.
At Akihabara you can visit the mighty Cafe MOCO ("moco" is the Spanish word for "mucus").
Akihabara is amazing in the night, with all those buildings and lights. Later I will publish more night Akihabara photos.
I was lucky and a Chuo line train appeared while I was taking this photo! ^^
Before leaving Akihabara we bought taiyaki (鯛焼き). It is a sweet with red beans inside. Delicious!
What do you like most from Akihabara? Are you planning to visit this place? =)