Lotz of banners and poster on toys, games, anime and manga! Welcome to Akihabara!
First hobby shop we visited was Tam Tam
Typical street of Akihabara
If you are into game and anime dvd, look for Traders! They are few in Akihabara, some a few storey high
You can even find vintage game console and games @ Traders
First time I see so many Gundam dvd selling on shelves
Not from Traders, but a snap-shot of shop selling anime stuff like eroge for the mature audience
If you are a fan of AKB48, you know where to find them at Akihabara
Lotz of toyshops with awesome display...
Mountain of toys! This is only one of the shoptoys @ Akihabara
I could not resist this trading figure of Yui Takamura from the anime Muv-Luv Total Eclipse and paid a 3000 yen. Not to mention, I bought the model kit of Takemikaduchi-Type-00F
Pardon my 2 weeks hiatus as I was on a top secret mission, assigned to the land of the rising sun to gather some intelligence on toys, games, anime and manga. I'm not alone for this mission as I have agent Stanley, just call him 'S' for short. Yesssssss!!!!! I had finally taken this big step to realizing my dream of visiting Japan solely for the purpose of toy searching! This is an ideal otaku trip for me! Won't happened without a good companion and blessing from my love ones, especially from my wife who had given me her full support, who had even helped us booked the flight tickets and accommodation.
When agent 'S' and I touched down in Japan, it was closed to midnight and in our midst confusion, we had receiving helping hands from Miss Megumi Chan who brought us to take the train. Japan's railway network can be really complex and super packed when closed to midnight! When we reached Akihabara station, we were also approached by a nice gentleman who offered his assistance by showing us the way to our lodging place. These good gestures from Japanese who were totally strangers to us had given us deep impression of how helpful Japanese are! Two thumbs up!
We stayed @ Dormy Inn, which is about 10 minutes walk from Akihabara station. A good choice of accommodation as there's a 24hr supermarket beside and a 24hr foodstore selling tasty & cheap beef bowl rice just across the road. The plus point of Dormy Inn is that they provide hot spring bath which was heaven for us the night we reached the inn, after traveling in the chilly night of between 7 to 13 degree. Less than 200m away from the inn are toyshops.
I have taken a lot of pics so for a start, let me just show you the buildings and street of where toys, games, anime and manga are concentrated at Akihabara.