Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Akihabara or Akiba for short is a district
located in central Tokyo which is famous for
its wide range of electronic shops. Today,
it is also famous as the heart of manga,
gaming, and animation culture in the city.
Akihabara Station and the other structures
surrounding it are presently undergoing
redevelopments, which, upon completion, will
give Akihabara a whole new “look”.
Electronic shops of different sizes abound
in the hundreds surrounding Akihabara
Station and along
the Chuo Avenue, locally
known as Chuo Dori. These stores sell
everything from the latest cameras,
computers, televisions, home appliances,
mobile phones, used or second-hand goods,
useless electronic gadgets.
Akihabara’s has changed constantly over the
years and does so even up to the present.
The latest change to occur
in Akihabara is its recent reputation as a
center of animation culture in
Japan. This has led to the
emergence of a great demand for stores to
supply video games and manga and anime
related items to its young, and often not so
Aside from the conventional stalls selling
goods, several anime related shops have
sprouted in the district such as “cosplay”
(which actually means “costume play”) cafes
wherein servers are dressed up
in popular anime characters.
There are also manga kissaten or comics
cafes wherein clients can watch anime DVDS,
read comics, and use the internet.