To show how digital payments work on arcade games, the folks at Taito set up a teeny, temporary game center at Akihabara Station in Tokyo.
Say Cheese. Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. By Karl Raso.
Akihabara Reflection. Tokyo, Japan. By Marcin Strzyżewski.
What do you get when you combine martial-arts style wire work, green screens, and notice-me-senpai? This, apparently.
So, you’re going to Japan, huh? Fantastic. You might have some questions. Hopefully, I’ll have some answers.
Look, I'm not here to judge. People can do whatever they want with their bodies, er, billboards.
So you've come to Japan and have even made your way to otaku mecca Akihabara. Since you've followed our guide, you already have all the Japanese games you could want! But that's not enough to satiate you: You want anime and game figures as well—but have no idea where to look. Don't worry. We're here to help.
A 21-year-old man was arrested in Tokyo's geek and gaming district Akihabara for allegedly robbing a maid cafe. Before committing the robbery, the suspect apparently got his photo taken with a maid.
Remember the 1990s? I do! While there were some very cool styles, there were some truly awful ones, too. Then, there's this: 1990s Akihbara fashion.
One day, this will all end. All of it. Even Tokyo's geek center, Akihabara. But what will that day look like? Perhaps, something like this.
So, you're planning to visit Japan and want to come home with a pile of Japanese games. There's only one place to go, the cultural hub of otaku everywhere, Tokyo's Akihabara. But there are hundreds of stores in Akihabara, so where exactly should you go to find the cheapest prices or the rarest finds?
In most Japanese hotel rooms, you just sleep. In some, you might do other things. But in this Tokyo hotel you can play with toy trains.
Next month, a store dedicated to thigh-high socks is opening in Tokyo's geek district, Akihabara. That's right, only thigh-high socks.
Twenty-four year-old Jun Kanemaru met his girlfriend, a runaway, via an online dating site. Once a couple, they allegedly stole from arcade gamers in Tokyo's geek mecca Akihabara.
In Japan, New Year's isn't just about the dropping of the ball. It's the turning of a new leaf, and with it come numerous traditions from fortune telling to warding off evil spirits and drawing cute anime girls on wooden plaques... Wait, what?