Christmas in Akihabara
Spent a day at Akiba Square on 2010/12/12 filming the Bushiroad tounaments for Culture Japan. Before and after filming, got to do a quick round of the various shops selling a load of otaku goodies. While its the festive season, there wasn't that many noticeable santa's or tinsel. The only major attraction were the Christmas illuminations at Akiba Square.
In the evening we spot a lovely Itabus for fripside.
Earlier on in the morning - heading over to Akihabara on the JR Yamanote line. If you go to the front or back carriage, you get a drivers view. Occasionally you see them change drivers which is pretty much instantaneous. I remember the driver change process taking more than 5 mins back in London where the new driver would prepare his newspaper, hot dog and drink..
I've only seen a couple episodes of Bleach which seems to be very popular outside of Japan too. How many of you had/have this on your watch list?
The Electric Town entrance [電気街] has changed a lot since I last visited which was only a few weeks ago! The opticians on the corner is now replaced by a Sega arcade and the old department store on top of Akihabara station is now replaced by Atre (pronounced "Atoray").
Could not make Dollpa so did the next best thing which was to go to the Volks store to pick up some clothes with points left over on my Volks membercard.
Outside Radio Kaikan facing Chuo Dori.
In Chuo Dori - the main street in Akihabara. If you are visiting then you need to explore all the small streets that branch off Chuo Dori or you will miss the nuggets.
A load of Gacha all over the place.
This Sofmap has a load of games. I remember buying games here for my PC Engine many moons ago.
Gundam Musou makes it to its 3rd game!
Played the first one but cutting through all the "Zako" characters made my brain go numb after a while. A "Zako" [雑魚] character refers to the ones which are there to be chopped or shot down and generally get on your nerves.
Me have not played any of the Monster Hunter series but its probably about time that I give it a whirl.
A load of eroge new and old.
More eroge shops. How many of you are eroge players? Wish I had eroge when I was learning Japanese.
Oyako-don for lunch.
Having a gander around the other eroge shops.
Snapped from a balcony at Akiba Square.
The Bushiroad World Grand Prix - photo coverage soon.
The area around Akiba Square is lot up with Christmas illuminations. They've got green tubes hanging from the trees which illuminate in different patterns which looks lovely.
Photos taken with the new Lumix GF2 which I still owe you a review of.
The wall of figma and Nendoroid pre-orders at Animate.
Never been to this floor at Animate before and was very surprised to see figures *heavily* discounted. This is the Animate in the middle of Chuo Dori. Do they sell discounted figures in your neck of the woods or are they generally retail price with extra slapped on top?
50% off many Nendoroids.
Akihabara is the place to go to see cute girls everywhere.
This is the Animate store with all the discounted figures.
A load of goodies up for grabs if you got the UFO skills.
Akihabara looks gorgeous at night.
Get off at the Electronic Town exit at Akihabara and make sure to pop into Gamers. Many floors willed to the brim with otaku goodies including trading card games, dakimakura, eroge, doujinshi, merchandice, gundam, figures and more.
When in Akihabara, don't forget to look down or you will miss cuties...
And also don't forget to look upwards at the building signs. In Japan, many buildings consist of different shops on different floors. Many gems are also to be found hidden away up above too.
Hmmmm. Looking up at the ads on the building gives me an idea.....
Comrades from Singapore.
This place used to be Sato Musen but is now Labi.
Akihabara station by night.
Many cute girlies in the station too.
View of Yodobashi from the Yamanote platform. Me seldom go towards that area though.