There is nothing like entering a shopping mall solely dedicated to electronics and electrical appliances. Even the smell of the air is different, and you canâ€™t help but feel giddy with all the possibilities in front of you. If this is your idea of heaven, then the best place to go is Akihabara in Tokyo.
Also known as â€œElectric Town,â€ this area of Tokyo is crammed to the seams with hundreds of shops selling electronic gadgets and electrical appliances. Akihabara has made a reputation for itself, both locally and internationally. Indeed, it is one of the most frequented destinations in Tokyo.
More than gadgets, however, Akihabara is also known for being the center of manga as well as cosplay â€“ two art forms that have taken the world by storm. Strolling around the area, you can spot lots of maid cafes, wherein the staff are dressed in maid costumes. They are there to serve the customers in a manner such as how servants would treat their masters. If it is anime and manga that you are impassioned about, then the Tokyo Anime Center is your destination of choice.
If you are worried about Japanese products not being compatible with international standards, you should know that there are also numerous duty free shops in the area. These duty free shops offer overseas specs gadgets and appliances. The staff in these stores is usually multilingual, and are more than ready to assist international customers.
To know more about Akihabara and get an almost real experience, I suggest the free virtual tour being offered online at New Discovery of Akihabara.
Photo courtesy of Japanican