We interviewed people in Akihabara, the mecca for electronics and Otaku!

Akihabara is famous for it’s many electronics stores, anime, videogames, and idols. It’s attracting attention from Otaku, people who are enthusiastic about these sub-cultures. There are women dressed in cosplay costumes, colorful neon lights that illuminate the city at night, and it’s one of the busiest places in the world! You can’t find anything like this anywhere in the world, except in Akihabara!

2016-07-12   Destinations,

Akihabara

The colorful signs on the buildings with anime characters


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【contents】
1:Akihabara is a town where you can feel the hustle and bustle of Japan
2:Pulling Anime goods from the pull machine!
3:Ballet dancers touring Japan!

We interviewed foreign people walking around Akihabara.

1:Akihabara is a town where you can feel the hustle and bustle of Japan

The first people who we interviewed were a couple from Sweden (no photo available). They were touring Osaka and Kyoto, then visited Akihabara on their 3rd day in Tokyo.

-Why did you decide to come to Akihabara?
We came here to take photos of this “madness!” There are so many tacky signboards and advertisements everywhere, and neon lights at night. It’s so rare to see so many Otaku gathered in one place!

Akihabara
The neon lights are one of the highlights of Akihabara.

-Do you like Japanese anime?
Yes, I like Hayao Miyazaki’s anime. My favorite is Totoro. We wanted to go to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, but it was closed when we visited.

Totoro

The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka:www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/
※Closed every Tuesday. It is closed until Fri, 15th July for renovation.

-Where do you recommend visiting in Akihabara?
It’s just so fun to walk in town. I’m looking forward to seeing the shops, because I want to do some shopping.

This town is so different from our country! I’ve never seen so many Otaku!

-How did you come to know about it?
From friends who have visited to Japan, and from Lonely Planet.

The concept of Tadaima Japan’s website is amazing!
We are already thinking of visiting again, and many other people must also be thinking the same, because you can’t see everything in a short period of time. I think the more a person visits Japan, the more things that they can do on their own.

2:Pulling Anime goods from the pull machine!

We talked to girls from Chili and America who were waiting at the crosswalk.

Akihabara
They got to know each other through the Internet. The girl from Chili is staying for a month, and the girl from America is staying for 3 days.

-Why did you decide to come to Akihabara?
We came here to get the pulls of Sailor Moon. We bought some already at Yodobashi Camera, but they are for my sister, because she also likes them.

Akihabara
Sailor Moon’s makeup beauty mirror

-What did you eat in Akihabara?
We ate Kaisendon (Seafood bowl) at the restaurant on the top floor of Yodobashi Camera! It was super tasty, and way cheaper than in America.

-Where do you recommend visiting in Akihabara?
It’s just so fun to walk in town. I recommend this place for those who want to buy some electronics. You can shop, and I must say it’s really convenient. Do you have any recommendations for us?

-Akihabara has many cafes like the cat café and bird café, but have you ever been to the housemaid café?

I thought that place is for men?

-Women can enjoy it too. You can talk to the housemaids and they’ll even write your name on your rice omelet with ketchup. They’ll also play games and take photos with you. They’ll call you a “princess”, and treat you really well.

Really? Ok, we will go to one of these housemaid cafes. Thank you!

Akihabara
You can enjoy sweets or lunch with cute housemaids.
URL:Cosplay https://flic.kr/p/6PMDmM

3:Ballet dancers touring Japan!

We talked to a British guy and a Spanish guy who were taking photos with very nice cameras. They were ballet dancers from the Royal Ballet!

Akihabara
They are staying in Tokyo for 2 weeks, and will go to Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Osaka for their shows.

-Why did you decide to come to Akihabara?
We wanted a camera lense. We are just now gonna see the shops.

-Where have you been in Tokyo so far?
We went to the Oedo hot spring, The National Museum in Ueno, Sibuya, Shinjuku, and Roppoingi. We are staying at a hotel in Roppongi and sang Karaoke until 5am! We also went to some clubs.

  • Where do you recommend visiting in Akihabara?
    We like the Oedo hot spring.

>I’ve heard that it’s a little bit awkward to get naked if you are a foreigner. Was it ok for you?

It was not a problem for us, and it was really comfortable. We ate sushi and sashimi, and they were really delicious.

Oedo hotspring:http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/
03-5500-1126(11:00-21:00)

We ate Okonomiyaki at an Izakaya. We also had Soba and Yakisoba. We are trying just about everything in Japan. Imo-shochu was sweet and tasty!

-What is the difference between Europe and Japan?
People are completely different. Japanese people are so helpful, and friendly. However, they are shy! It’s completely the opposite of European people. We have no fans waiting for us after the show in Europe, but Japanese fans wait for us outside after the show. There were about 100 people who were requesting autographs, giving us presents, and taking photos with us. We were so happy to be welcomed. We’d love to come back to Japan, because we are having such a great time!

This time we saw a couple enjoying the unique scenery, girls who came to buy pulls of their favorite anime characters, and ballet dancers who came to buy camera lenses. There are a variety of people in Akihabara, and it has so much to offer!

【Akihabara】

Map

Akihabara, Taitoku, Tokyo Japan

<Access>JR Yamanote Line

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koume

Hi, I am Koume. I’m originally from Fukuoka and currently living in Tokyo. I have lived in Australia, the Philippines, and Cambodia for several years. Through my life abroad, I have rediscovered the beauty of Japan. I hope my articles will be a helpful resource for both Japanese and foreign visitors.