Learn more about the awesomeness of Akihabara: Revisiting the Electric Town
Since my brother had dreamt about visiting this place, I thought it’d be nice to introduce him to Akiba first. It’s the best place to go to for buying electronic goods and toys. There are hundreds of shops providing thousand of varieties. Reza could spend hours there, dragging me until my feet hurt.
But… going to Akiba with two guys? If I had put some thought to this, I might have been well prepared, mentally and physically. But I didn’t, so I wasn’t.
During breakfast that day, my brother had so much to ask about everything Japanese, it was good that Reza was there to entertain his questions – from the Japanese culture to shopping. They were talking all the time, so I had the privilege of having my naan quietly.
After leaving the restaurant, we started heading to the Electric Town, going in and out of different shops along the Chuo-dori. They boys had started taking note of prices of different gadgets and being amazed by things… like electronic charger pads.
The one place that first had them both excited was Club Sega. Reza goes weak at the sight of claw cranes. That day was no exception. He was ready to aim for the purple box containing a figurine I wasn’t familiar with.
My brother isn’t the type who would take risks like me (especially when we know we’re no good at it!), but Reza made him try anyway. I stood on the side and played my role as a banker, providing extra coins when needed. Reza taught him how to measure and when to press the buttons.
They took turns and after several hundred yen and tries, they caught it!
With Reza leading, they started going in and out of different department stores, some I’d already visited once or twice, some totally alien. With my brother around, I realized that Reza’s scope of coverage of these shops was more extensive. If with me, we’d go to two floors. With my brother, it’s four.
My brother was introduced to the world he had only earlier imagined. Never had he seen thousands of figurines of different kinds on one floor!
By then, they’d gotten an idea of what they wanted to get. So they scoured the shelves, comparing prices from shop to shop. I was witnessing boys, hunting for toys and it’s certainly worse than me hunting for anything.
Mere surveying took six hours. Six!!!
But before we left Akiba to return to the hotel, it was just appropriate to drop by Yodobashi Camera. The three of us were looking for earphones anyway.
If you think that’s a massive amount of earphones, well, you really haven’t seen anything.
Anyway, that wraps up the trip to Akiba. We brought nothing back, except for the box of figurine that they had earlier won at Sega. This was, afterall, just for the purpose of surveying.
So my advice? If you’re an otaku or gadget enthusiast planning to visit Akihabara, I think it’s safe to say that you’ll need a few days to survey and shop – exciting times ahead! But if you have no real interest in shopping for toys and gadgets and are about to follow more than one guy to Akihabara, you’re going to have a badddd challenging time.
And for the record, I still love Akiba.