We know this, this is why we named our site such! The fact is that Akihabara's world-famous tech and otaku scenes are second to none on planet earth - if you've been before, you want to return, and if you're planning a trip, the Electric Town is an absolute must - watch, you'll see.
Our older readers feel that Akihabara = Special, Cool, Rare Japanese Tech, which is fair and reasonable and truly the soul of our site. However, Akiba’s changed A LOT since this URL came online, and these days it’s also fair and reasonable to believe that Akihabara = Cosplay, Maid Cafes, Fetishization of Barely Post-Pubescent Girls, and Generalized Otaku-ness.
It was after the second world war that Akihabara became Tokyo’s hottest market for electronics and other household goods, but it wasn’t until around 1980 that Akihabara started to became the place to go for all your computer needs - and then, it changed again...
In this publication’s namesake Akihabara district (pre-AKB48ification, mind you), one of the most important categories used to evaluate individuals is known as the Ambient Otaku Threat Level Barometer. How do we judge this artifact of otaku culture?
Final Fantasy Cafe Square Enix and Pasela Resorts, which sets up and runs leisure facilities, jointly opened a Final Fantasy XIV concept cafe - Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe - in Akiharabara, Tokyo yesterday.
The Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe is a replica of the Carline Canopy tavern in the town of Gridania as it appeared in FFXIV.
Reece Scott, our newest contributor, holds a B.A. in Japanese from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Modern Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford, and is currently a graduate student at Tokyo's Digital Hollywood University in the Digital Contents Management program. He is passionate about otaku culture and trends.
Bandai will start selling a luxurious stainless steel tumbler - Gundam Burner Tumbler - on February 27. It's made in the motif of the circular truncated cone-shaped injection system "BURNER" that is used in Gundam's mobile suit RX78-2.
This is not a mass-produced drinking cup. The Gundam Burner Tumbler is produced through the craftsmanship of artisans of Tsubame city in Niigata prefecture, Japan, which is famous for its world-class metalworking technique.