Japan 2009: Day 2 Report, Postcript (25 March)


Note: This post concludes my report for Day 2. Click on the links to read Part 1 and Part 2 of the report.

At the end of his first full day in Tokyo, Diego makes his obligatory pilgrimage to the global capital of otaku excess.

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Akihabara booty


Diego catalogues the paltry spoils of his recent incursions into Tokyo’s famed otaku stronghold.

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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!)

I want one


If you’re in Akiba, head on over to AsoBit City and fritter away your life savings on the complete Lucky Star DVD series (the Japanese release, not the U.S. version). You’ll get a very special treat in return: a phone card depicting the four lovely ladies from Saitama (plus everyone’s favourite she-devil) in the now-classic Hare Hare Yukai pose, illustrated by none other than Yoshimizu Kagami.

For the record, I’m on track to buy every limited-edition volume of the U.S. release. Doesn’t that bloody count?

Links – Anime News Network; AsoBit City

Crime in Otaku Central

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Imagine you’re a down-to-earth, law-abiding otaku out on a leisurely Sunday stroll between your usual haunts in Akihabara. Suddenly, a girl bumps into you and quickly demands an apology. While you’re trying to bend over double to show your regret, her brother swoops in out of nowhere and asks for further proof of your sincerity. The choice: cut off your finger or pay a million yen.

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