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Posted by Danny Choo On Fri 2010/07/23 23:00 JST In Places to visit in Japan
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Akihabara, Tokyo. This is where Japanese Pop Culture lives and thrives. Gadgets, PC parts, anime, manga, figures, dolls, doujin and more can be discovered here and if you dig deep enough you will discover gems like Leonardo. I always discover new stuff here each time I visit and now that I work here part time, it looks like I'll have the opportunity to make more of those discoveries.

I hear many folks ask "where are all the cute girls in Tokyo?"
Many folks answer "Shibuya or Harajuku" but I always answer "Akihabara" - Akihabara has cute 2D girlies *everywhere*

Akihabara [秋葉原] is located on the JR Yamanote line (the green line). If its your first time to Akihabara then make sure you come with good walking shoes and also make sure you do some weight training or grow extra arms prior to your visit to help you carry around your loot.

The station however has some lockers which you can dump stuff in as you explore more parts of Akihabara. Many of the lockers operate using a SUICA - a card which you can use to pay for transportation (not taxi's) and food at many stores. Its like those Oyster cards in the UK.

Apart from Culture:Japan, I'll be presenting on another TV show all about Japanese Pop Culture - today was the first day of filming.

When I first visited Akihabara over 15 years ago, my first loot consisted of mainly idol stuff - VHS tapes, photo books and CDs - doubles as health and Japanese learning material too.
What sort of stuff did you pick up on your first visit to the sacred heaven?

A quick thanks to all the stores including Kotobukiya for letting us take photos and footage.

Most of these photos taken on the Lumix GF1 with wide angle 9-14mm lens or Lumix LX3.

Me still got a backlog of posts to write up so will leave you to wander around Akihabara.


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