"Won't you take me to, Electric Town"
While all the otakus are either sleeping in from the long night reading a twenty-four book volume series of manga or airbrushing the final pieces of armor on their Gundam, I'm taking advantage of the daylight when "Akiba" is more subtle and less crowded. Trust me, you don't want to be sardined in a crowd of sweaty otakus in an arcade after they've eaten a hefty bowl of pork broth ramen. At that point, you're not even breathing your own air - you get the picture.
Akihabara is iconic for being Japan's "nerd" culture town which sells anything from manga comics, model toys, anime figurines to cameras and remote control dogs. After a few rounds of Taiko no Tatsujin at the Taito game center, you're going to need to power back up. The lovely "servants" at a Maid Cafe can bring your spirits back - nothing like being greeted with a plate of omelette rice with your name written in ketchup.
This was our last day of our Kanto trip so we were finally ready to stock up on figures and capsule toys for our home collection. There goes all my yen! My wife and I stayed in a internet cafe instead of hotels and ate konbini food to save every last yen for our favorite figures and manga - that's the way of the otaku.
"Hokousha-tengoku" (歩行者天国) when directly translated, means "Walker's Heaven," is held on Sundays when they close the main street to cars and let pedestrians roam around the middle of street.
When our shopping bags couldn't fit anymore boxes or books, we met up with my brother-in-law, Yoshiki in Ginza for the most expensive oden I've ever had in my life. Here's a helpful hint for you guys: if there's no prices on the menu and you're worried about it, YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT.
After draining my pockets and leaving a quarter of the way full, I needed strong drink to drown my financial sorrows. Luckily, Yoshiki works at a sushi bar where we were treated like royalty.