Buy! Buy! Buy!

Pull out those discount cards, lads!

In the latest version of its “In Pictures” photo gallery feature, the BBC News website takes us on a shopping tour of Tokyo’s world-famous otaku paradise, Akihabara.

Many of the featured items aren’t new, but I always get a kick out of seeing these delightful little oddities. Here’s my pick of the lot:
A USB-powered microscope
A necktie with a built-in cooling fan (also USB-powered)
Tinned pasta (best eaten with tinned bread!)