Guide to Kanto Region

Akihabara

Akihabara, the electric town

For fans of Japanese animation such as anime and manga, Akihabara has become a kind of sacred place, since in the whole area you can get thousands of titles and a wide variety of collectible figures as well as other types of objects made for the general "Otaku".
Most of the streets of Akihabara have small cornets that spread the music of the Idols. An Idol is a girl of approximately 11 to 20 years who tends to have a childish or innocent style, with a very high-pitched voice and mostly motivational lyrics. Large groups like AKB48 have their own café in Akihabara, and there, fans can enjoy eating in an environment totally dedicated to their idols.
Continuing with the theme of the Idols, Akihabara is very famous for the "Maid Café". Those café / bars have the particularity that they are served by young girls dressed as French maids but in the "Kawaii" style. Kawaii is a very important word in the nowadays Japanese lexicon, it can mean cute, pretty, childish, and even in some cases, sexy.
But not only are French-style Maid coffees, but because of their high popularity, today there are cafés of ninja, samurai, military, and even girls dressed as male Idols.
Stores like "Animate" or "Sega" have the whole collection of the most recent animes, from DVDs or Blu-ray, to the original soundtrack of the series along with key chains, figures, folders, badges, among many other things. The Akihabara area also has a variety of karaoke rooms that, being in this special place, has the characteristic of having direct collaborations with anime companies or video games, creating complete rooms with designs and objects from those series, such as example the legendary anime "Evangelion" or the renowned video game "Final Fantasy". Stores like "Super Potato" specialize in taking customers on a journey back in time to the time when Japanese video games began their reign, the 80s.
It is normal to see cars with designs of anime characters stationed in the streets.
One of the best places to buy take-away souvenirs from Japan is Akihabara, as around 10 stores specializing in flannels, souvenirs, fans, chopsticks, hats, among many others with multiple representations of the Japanese style.
Originally Akihabara was known for the large number of computer-related technology stores. Today, despite the fact that the anime stores outnumber them, there are many stores dedicated to selling pieces of computers, cables, among others. It is very common to see stores selling used computers or laptops at affordable prices. There are also multiple cell phone sales locations with different plans and services. Akihabara is a place where people from all over the world come to meet the new subculture of Japan. It is a must-see place in your visit to Japan because of its social and cultural impact in present-day Japan.
Akihabara is a very fun place, and very safe, suitable for people over 16 years old.

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