Akihabara is a popular electronics quarter located about 2 km north of
The main area is the west side of JR Akihabara station where Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku Line and Sobu Line cross.
After the World War II, many shops selling the parts for radio had
gathered here, then the shops of household electrical goods had
increase during the high-growth period of the Japanese economy in the
Since that, Akihabara became synonymous with electronics quarter.
Since the 1980s, the shops selling game softwares had increased with
spread of game machine and personal computer.
And in the 1990s, such games including various Mangas and Animes created unique people who imitates the characters.
So after the 2000s, Akihabara has become a subculture town for mania and hobby.
Now we can find the following shops in Akihabara area.
Household electrical goods / Electronics parts / Personal computers and its peripheral devices /
Various softwares for computer / Game software / CD, DVD and so on.
There are several duty-free shops in this area.
We can find some restaurants and cafes.
Especially "maid cafe" in this area is famous. The waitresses are cosplaying, and they serve you saying "My master" or "My lady" like a maid in Anime.
Chuo Street in this area is free of vehicle on Sunday and National
But a young man committed indiscriminate murder here on June 8, 2008, and 7 people were killed and 10 were injured by him.
Since this crime, the free of vehicle is breaking off.
Akihabara Shinkokai official website : It contains duty-free shop guide and map.
Akiba : A
short word of "Akihabara".
Otaku : Unique person who is interested in Anime, Manga or computer game and has extremely deep knowledge.
Moe ! : A word meaning a deep affection for a lovely girl in Anime and Manga. The formal meaning in Japanese is to flame.
Kosupure : "Cosplay" in English, which is a word created from "costume play". She/he wears the same costumes of a character in Anime or Manga and acts the character.
Get off at Akihabara station on Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku and Sobu Lines.
Get off at Akihabara station on Hibiya Line.
Get off at Sudacho or Manseibashi stop. From Tokyo station, about 11 minutes.
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