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Akihabara

AkihabaraKanda and Akihabara area map Akihabara is a popular electronics quarter located about 2 km north of Tokyo station.
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 1960s.
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.

Tokyo, Akihabara

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 Holiday.
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.


Some Japanese slangs about Akihabara

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. 

How to get to here

By JR

Get off at Akihabara station on Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku and Sobu Lines.

By subway

Get off at Akihabara station on Hibiya Line.

By Tokyo Shitamachi Bus

Get off at Sudacho or Manseibashi stop. From Tokyo station, about 11 minutes.




Chuo Street in Akihabara
Square in front of JR Akihabara station
In a shop in Akihabara
A parts shop in Akihabara
A game arcade in Akihabara
Ad of popular game in Akihabara
A shop of cosplaying clothes in Akihabara A Turkish food stand in Akihabara
A cosplaying girl in Akihabara Guides to maid cafe in Akihabara
Akihabara on Sunday Akihabara on Sunday

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