Akihabara. The electric city known for its shops of toy merchandise, collectables, video games, electronics, maid cafes and more. And of my favorite experiences is visiting these locations late in the day and seeing how the nightlife is for these areas. Last month, I posted about going around Akihabara, intentionally getting lost and taking photos of the surroundings. This time around, here are photos of the more familiar areas of Akihabara in the main strip […]
I’m often asked of where in Japan would I go to buy import Japanese video games for a good price. While you can find many places that sell video games new and used all over Japan (such as the plethora of BookOff Stores), in Tokyo, my favorite are the Trader Stores in Akihabara. While Trader 1 store is in Shinjuku, the Trader 2, Trader 3 and Trader 4 stores are located in Akihabara. And the […]
Akihabara. The electric city known for its shops of toy merchandise, collectables, video games, electronics, maid cafes and more. I’ve been to Akihabara many times, but often staying within the known shopping districts. I decided to walk around Akihabara and intentionally get lost, taking photos at night as I walk around the city. Here is part 1 of my photos of Akihabara at night.
Back in 1953, toy company Kotobukiya established themselves as toymakers that care about craftsmanship. Fastforward to 2016 and the company still prides itself in craftmanship and quality and have become the #1 toy company specializing in collector toys and creator of statues, figures and kits. With its main store in Akihabara, Japan and stores in Tachikawa and Nipponbashi in Osaka, Kotobukiya has expanded to the United States and Europe. Many people are now able to […]
In Japan, Yodabashi Camera and Bic Camera are popular locations for those wanting to purchase electronics. Sofmap is a subsidiary of Bic Camera and an electronic retailer that sells both new and used products. Established back in 1982 by Kei Suzuki, the origins of Sofmap was back in the software rental business. But due to copyright issues, the company withdrew from that model and pursued on a new business that would focus on selling used […]