Not far from Yodabashi Akiba and a lot of the major locations near Akihabara is Yanagimori Shrine (which means “Willow Forest Shrine”). The Shinto shrine that is right next to Kanda River was built in the 17th century and is dedicated to the tanuki (a racoon dog). Founded in 1457 by warlord Ota Dokan, the man who is known for designing and building Edo Castle. I think one who comes […]
In Japan, especially in Tokyo, in major foreigner-friendly shopping areas such as Akihabara, there are logos showcasing “Japan Tax-Free Shop”. It’s important to for people traveling Japan to know that shops will NOT give you tax-free if you don’t ask for it. Afterall, how would they know if you are a foreign traveler versus a person who lives in Japan? The rule is all temporary visitors (less than six months […]
I wrote about Kotobukiya back in October 2016 and I realized, that I really didn’t feature many photos. So, for those who want the history of the company can click here. With that out of the way, I just want to say what I love about this shop. For one, if you are a video game or anime fan, the store offers so many things to purchase as souvenirs that […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]