Akihabara Recreated As Realistic Miniature Diorama

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Tokyo’s geek mecca of Akihabara has been reproduced perfectly on a small scale.

This is the work of Chiba Keizai University’s model building club, which recently displayed its impressive diorama.

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The detail is incredible.

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Excellent work!

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Went to Japan for my honeymoon last January. Stayed at Ikebukuro (Akihabara for girls), went to Akihabara on my fourth day.

It’s... not what I expected, I expected Kokaku Kidotai meets Silicon Valley. But the truth is... For a place that is aimed at tech savvy otaku, Akihabara is surprisingly low tech. It’s still an amazing neon city full of tech and otaku stuff, but not quite as sophisticated as I expected.

The eight (?) story otaku store with maid cafes, looks more like a market with small shops, sectioned by glass display. The maid cafe is more like a small office space high above the upper level of a building with a small door. Everything has this, “homemade” feel to it, nothing is as big or as grand as I thought they would be.

Even the Gundam cafe is surprisingly small and cozy. I expected them to transform an entire restaurant to a high tech military base or something.

Japan is still an amazing experience, but for first time Akihabara visitors, tamper your expectations.