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Akihabara
Tokyo, Japan

 

 

Akihabara buildings, Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara main street, Tokyo

 

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Tokyo's Akihabara, sometimes known as Electric Town or Akiba, is traditionally the place to go for low-price hi-tech, a zone loaded down with massed lights, colour, noise, electronic toys....and now, Otaku.

These obsessive nerds (though actually Otaku means your house in Japanese) have been coming to Akihabara for years to acquire the latest inventions or work in local shops but soon realised it was easier to live there than commute to Akihabara (commuting anywhere in Japan and especially Tokyo, is a squeezee business).

 

Akihabara maids, Tokyo, Japan

Otaku have bizarre, some might say twisted perceptions of reality, partly due to their compulsive reading of manga (often seriously weird, fetishistic comics), watching anime (ditto, but in motion) and falling for apparently innocent, cute maids (new millennium geishas) who famously squeal "Welcome home , master!" in popular Akihabara maid cafés.

The maid in Japan scene is - to a lesser extent - visible in other parts of Tokyo too, while butler cafés do it for the ladies.

 

 

Akihabara otaku games, Tokyo, Japan

Otaku naturally love video gaming and Akihabara is where all the latest games getting a good test thrashing by the experts, along with sales of underground Japanese manga, schoolgirl and maid rental costumes,...

 

Akihabara otaku girlfriends, Tokyo, Japan

...action figures to suit all tastes and budgets,...

 

Akihabara otaku bodyparts,  Tokyo, Japan

...and even DIY kits so geeks can assemble their perfect female, including varied hair, clothing, shoes and of course a change of kit so they won't be stuck for a new outfit (nose/chest/legs) for that special occasion.

 

 

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