Very little can prepare you for how full on Akihabara or Electric Town is in Tokyo. This is the mecca for nerds and gamers, it has more square metres of computer shops here than anywhere else in the world. You can buy anything electronic here. Including ancient computers, gigantic robotic dinosaurs, sex robots, a gazillion different kinds of sex toys and anything your imagination can possibly conjure. On every corner there is a maid cafe, or an owl cafe or cat cafe. The human-led entertainment (maid cafes) are just as cringy, sickly-sweet and exploitative as the anmal cafes. The place is insane. Personally, I didn’t really like this place much, it was overwhelming. Although if you love computers, anime, hentai or gaming, you will LOVE this place.
3 thoughts on “Every picture tells a story: Mayhem and maid cafes in Akihabara”
I went for a look in 2000…even back then it was a bit much! Still, I was grateful to have a few more options that computer shopping in south dunedin.
Walking around central Tokyo is like being inside a computer game. Fortunately, there were no giant apes throwing drums at me.
That sounds like fun though, gorillas throwing drums 🙂 So much to take in, really it would take at least 2 or 3 attempts at getting to know Ahikabara before you could say you have been there. I can’t wait to go back, it’s both repellent and strangely beautiful isn’t it!