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.