8 Mar

秋葉原 (Akihabara) is the largest electronic district in Tokyo. And one of the, if not the, largest electronic districts in the entire world!



I have heard that originally 秋葉原 (Akihabara) was called Akibahara (which would actually be a more accurate reading of the town’s name 「秋葉原」), so people who frequent the area often call it 「アキバ」 (Akiba), as a nickname.

Anyways, my kids went out with my inlaws today, so my wife and I went to 秋葉原 (Akihabara) because we’re considering buying a ケータイ電話 (cell-phone) for our oldest daughter.

All three of my kids want a ケータイ電話 (cell-phone)…but for a number reasons, we’ve decided against it until they’re in high-school. Once they begin high-school, they’ll take a train to school everyday…so we think a ケータイ電話 (cell-phone) might be necessary.

My oldest daughter will begin high-school (equivalent to 10th grade in the U.S.) next month…so we may give her a ケータイ電話 (cell-phone). I’m over-protective of my kids…so I’m not sure yet. I have to decide.

But if you want to buy electronics, manga, anime…or any other otaku (geek) culture (including a visit to a “maid cafe“)…then you should visit 秋葉原 (Akihabara).





Here are a couple videos I took too:

12 Responses to “Akihabara”

  1. nhkchan March 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    ahh right! The anime actually plays with that i forgot what NHK Really stands for but the pun is NHK = Nihon Hikkomori Kyokai and just as you guessed, it’s about a Hikkomori!

    To my knowledge most Anime that is being aired in Japan is aired by TV Tokyo and most of what i watch comes from TV Tokyo with Subtitles from Various Fansub Groups


    • tokyo5 March 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

      >Nihon Hikkomori Kyokai

      You mean “Hikikomori”. Not a common word. That expression means: “Japan Loner’s Association”.
      It’s obviously intentionally similar to “Nippon Housou Kyokai” (Japan Broadcast Association), which is the real NHK…the public TV channel.

      So, that anime you like’s name means: “Welcome To The ‘Japan Loners Association’“.

      >most Anime that is being aired in Japan is aired by TV Tokyo

      Almost none of the cartoons that my kids grew up watching are on TV Tokyo.


  2. nhkchan March 15, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    Which country are you from?

    I live in Canada right now

    annnd my e-handle originates from the anime
    NHK ni Youkoso
    so i don’t know about NHK TV, but! I do know about TV Tokyo!


    • tokyo5 March 15, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

      I don’t know that anime.

      NHK TV is Japan’s public broadcast station. Like America’s “PBS” or England’s “BBC”.

      How do you know about “TV Tokyo“?


  3. nhkchan March 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    ah Tokyo looks great, i wish one day i can fly over to Japan. Pictures/Videos are awesome, feels like i’m close to the action! haha.


    • tokyo5 March 14, 2009 at 1:47 am #

      Which country are you from?

      >Pictures/Videos are awesome

      Thank you.

      (nhkchan, do you like Japan’s NHK TV?)


  4. gaijinnosekai March 10, 2009 at 1:56 am #

    Those pictures bring back memories lol, I learned the hard way about going to Akiba on the weekend though, the crowds were horrendous!


    • tokyo5 March 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

      I’m used to the crowds in Tokyo. Doesn’t bother me.


  5. gigihawaii March 9, 2009 at 1:26 am #

    When we visited Tokyo last summer, David looked in vain for an electronics area in the GINZA. Is this Akihibara near the GINZA?


    • tokyo5 March 9, 2009 at 1:35 am #

      No. Pretty far apart actually.
      Ginza is like Tokyo’s Fifth Avenue.

      There is a fairly large Bic Camera electronics shop near Ginza, though. (Some American celebrities have been seen in there).


  6. Eric March 9, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    I think it’s a good idea for you to get your daughter a cell phone. That way it’ll be easy to keep a tab on her, or if she has a problem. I know from experience finding a payphone can be hard over here. The only dangerous thing is the possibly expensive phone bills from chatting with her friends too much. 😉


    • tokyo5 March 9, 2009 at 12:47 am #

      Before cell-phones, there used to be pay-phones all over Japan. And everyone carried phone-cards (I used to use one phone card up in about a week back then).

      Anyways, a high phone bill isn’t the only danger of a cell-phone!

      There are definitely benefits too.

      But thanks for the advise.


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