So, you’re going to Japan, huh? Fantastic. You might have some questions. Hopefully, I’ll have some answers.
You can blow a lot of money in Akihabara, the Tokyo district that houses the world’s densest cluster of nerd-related storefronts. And if you have far more cash than sense, you can throw it down on some of these very rare and highly desired vintage games and related items.
It’s called “Animegane” and claims to be the first anime-themed eyewear specialty store in the world.
Read any travel guide to Tokyo and they’ll say the same thing: make a trip to Akihabara. Known as Tokyo’s “electric city,” Akihabara is quintessential Tokyo—mad, loud, and thoroughly Japanese. Here, you’ll see the neon lights, the morally questionable maid cafes, and the ever-charming otaku prowling through various…
“Itasha” are decal-covered nerdmobiles. One Tokyo garage might be the best place in Japan to spot them.
Just imagine. This last thing you see before falling asleep, is this dude.
Morning in Akihabara. Tokyo, Japan. By Derek Bulner.
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.
Akihabara. Tokyo, Japan. By Ryan Scullin.
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.