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AKIBA Scenario

AKIBA Scenario
Made by ajpscs
AKIBA scenario AKIHABARA (秋葉原) also known as Electric Town or AKIBA in short. Its best-known as one of the largest shopping areas on Earth for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods. The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture. OTAKU culture in Akihabara has become increasingly famous in the recent years. Many people there have unique lifestyles, centered on technological enterprises and a love for Anime/Manga, that have made them outsiders in other sections of Japanese society. Otaku are afforded the chance to gather here and avoid alienation imposed by others who do not share their specific interests. The presence of such prolific GEEKY behavior has led to Akihabara being seen as a mecca of sorts for otaku, as well as to the term Akiba-kei, or Akiba-type. In addition to conventional stores, various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area, such as cosplay (costume play) cafes, where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters, and manga kissaten (comics cafes), where customers can read comics, watch DVDs and surf the internet. Maid-kissa are coffee shops where the waitresses where fantasy like maid costumes. They dress up to look like characters from famous anime or Japanese comics. Since Akihabara caters not only to electronic enthusiasts but also young Japanese otaku which translates roughly to NERDS in English. Every Sundays at Chuo-Dori, the main street in Akihabara you can find the MAIDS passing out pamphlets to their shops to passers by. Akihabara is 5 minutes ride from (central) Tokyo Station SOURCE: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia japan-guide.com tokyoessentials.com BEST VIEW LARGE

Japanese meido (Akihabara, Tokyo)

Japanese meido (Akihabara, Tokyo)
Made by marcusuke
Akihabara is full of these maids giving flyers away. From Wikipedia: Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chūōdōri, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chōme. First-hand parts for PC-building are readily available from a variety of stores. Tools, electrical parts, wires, microsized cameras and similar items are found in the cramped passageways of Soto Kanda 1-chōme (near the station). Foreign tourists tend to visit the big name shops like Laox or other speciality shops near the station, though there is more variety and lower prices at locales a little further away. Akihabara gained some fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics. Check my Most Interesting on Flickriver

Negiyaki and Okonomiyaki @ ゆかり

Negiyaki and Okonomiyaki @ ゆかり
Made by yusheng
On the left is a ねぎ焼き (negiyaki): スジネギ焼 ¥1350/US$14.72. On the right is a お好み焼き (okonomiyaki): 特選ミックス焼 ¥1200/US$13.08. Negiyakis are supposedly thinner than okonomiyakis and with lots of scallions, blah blah blah, whatever and so on, they all taste the same to me. No comment on whether this place was good or not because I don't like okonomiyakis in general. Never did, and probably never will. I just don't like the taste of the batter or the sauce. For the same reason, I don't like takoyakis either. This place is supposedly pretty good, but it didn't change my mind. For what it's worth, Eting confirmed that this place was pretty good. ゆかり Yukari 秋葉原UDX3F Akihabara UDX 3F (03) 3526-3310

Panasonic: Ayumi Hamasaki

Panasonic: Ayumi Hamasaki
Made by jpellgen
One of, if not the most famous music/celebrities in Japan, Ayumi Hamasaki (Ayu). She is seen here in one of a long series of Panasonic digital camera ads. The camera is in the LUMIX series. I didn't see any Viera ads with Koyuki in them... I wonder if she still does those. Akihabara is a special district in Tokyo that is now as famous for the anime/manga/gaming culture that exists there as it is for electronic goods. The electronic stores there are numerous--the Yodobashi Camera there, for example, is huge. Also, this is where one can find maid cafes, and interesting phenomenon where otaku boys and girls can co-exist in a robotic alternate universe... For a small fee, of course.

The Gate

The Gate
Made by Katsudon in Shanghai
Tokyo, Japan Kaminari mon at dusk. Thanks to the provia, the colors of the sunset are so subtle. I do love film shooting! I just applied a few Levels, Contrasts and Unsharp mask on the reduced size version for flickr. But just a few because thanks also to the shop who scans my films, they do a great job!! On the full size version (not the uploaded one) I can count the film grains one by one! :-P It seems i have a problem with flickr resized views. Do anyone knows if the flickr resizing apply again a sharpeness filter? It seems that it makes my sharpeness too strong on the resized views... Well enought about technical things...

A Man In A Bar In Akihabara

A Man In A Bar In Akihabara
Made by rasenkantenstein
Today I watched a movie (Harry Brown) and I was amazed by the cinematography. Excellent pictures, excellent colours and it reminded me that I have always wanted to try something like this. the story itself was also not so bad... But I wanted to try something like this and this is the outcome, even though maybe not so similar with the tones, but as far as I could go ahead. The bar (just called Music Bar) has an excellent variety of beer available; but also for a solid price. Unfortunately that guy blens a bit into the background -- but shoganai (japanese for there's nothing you can do about it)

Vending Machines: Akihabara

Vending Machines: Akihabara
Made by jpellgen
A row of vending machines in Akihabara. It may appear to be a lot, but I have seen more. Still, I don't know why this is neccessary. Akihabara is a special district in Tokyo that is now as famous for the anime/manga/gaming culture that exists there as it is for electronic goods. The electronic stores there are numerous--the Yodobashi Camera there, for example, is huge. Also, this is where one can find maid cafes, and interesting phenomenon where otaku boys and girls can co-exist in a robotic alternate universe... For a small fee, of course.

Best wishes!

Best wishes!
Made by Katsudon in Shanghai
Tôkyô, Japan. Sensô-ji I was shooting around, and saw her shaking one of those boxes like the one foreground. A stick is pulled out. It indicates a number... She opened the drawer with the same number on it, picked up a copy of the text from inside. I shot. She saw me intriguated and decided to explain me what's about. Her boy friend (the guy in the background) speaking a good english told me about this is an horoscope... Two people very kind and smily. I'm sure that the text was good!

GIGO Vending Machine: Akihabara

GIGO Vending Machine: Akihabara
Made by jpellgen
A vending machine outside the Sega GiGO building in Akihabara, Tokyo. Akihabara is a special district in Tokyo that is now as famous for the anime/manga/gaming culture that exists there as it is for electronic goods. The electronic stores there are numerous--the Yodobashi Camera there, for example, is huge. Also, this is where one can find maid cafes, and interesting phenomenon where otaku boys and girls can co-exist in a robotic alternate universe... For a small fee, of course.

Tokyo Visions 2010 by GaryPHayes 033

Tokyo Visions 2010 by GaryPHayes 033
Made by Gary Hayes
Akihabara - Walk-around images I took during a 1 week break, 2 days conference in Tokyo plus a short day in Kyoto. I used three cameras - mostly my Canon 5DII with 17mm TS-E shift lens and two compacts, a Leica DLux4 and a new Fuji Real 3D camera. Selective cropping, raw optimisation and some Topaz software HDR. Will be adding location and where taken over next few days.

Intermediate Frequency

Intermediate Frequency
Made by tabiwallah
A rare look inside the Radio Center building in Tokyo's Akihabara (Electric Town) district. The site was one of the early homes to Tokyo's postwar radio and electronics boom. The building itself is about 50 years old. 秋葉原電波会館にて(道側から旧「古炉奈」に上がる階段。)

Leica D-Lux 4 Titanium

Leica D-Lux 4 Titanium
Made by kaoni701
Never thought I'd actually see one of these, but I wasn't surprised to see it at Yodobashi in Akibahara of all places. Despite the debatable value for the price, I couldn't help but feel a little lust for this thing =P I wish my Panasonic LX3 came in this color!

cosplay girls

cosplay girls
Made by spoony mushroom
Akihabara, Tokyo. These girls were taking a break from handing out flyers for a cosplay restaurant, which seems to be an emerging phenomenon in these areas. A bit of trivia: This is the first (and only) shot I've uploaded to Flickr straight out of the camera.

Lonely maid

Lonely maid
Made by Laurent T (aka thery_lg)
Location: 35.700846,139.770883 I have been very lucky for this shot to have a maid remaining standstill for a long time time and not too afraid of my camera (the fact that it was on a tripod may have confused her...). Shot in Akihabara... of course!

Super Potato in Akihabara - Classic Videogames

Super Potato in Akihabara - Classic Videogames
Made by SuperPope
Some of the aisles full of retro videogame goodies on the bottom floor of Super Potato (the third floor of the building) in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. The girl in the still preview above had a huge list of Famicom games she was filling her basket up with.

東京 (Tokyo)

東京 (Tokyo)
Made by Bananocrate - バナノクラテ
私の生成 (Testing a second-hand 75-300mm lens, my new toy) Akihabara there's no comunication between the generations. P.s.: Pete... Roger... forgive me for the title, don't you?

Firefox girls + Stormtrooper!

Firefox girls + Stormtrooper!
Made by ninpou_kobanashi
These girls were promoting the browser in Akihabara. Handing out CDs with the browser. Akihabara is electric town in Tokyo, where you can find virtually anything electronic / computer related... Also a good place to go to for anime goods! (^_^)d

Neon Genesis

Neon Genesis
Made by TommyOshima
k.k.@Akihabara, Tokyo The old Station Building of JR Akihabara is being torn down and there is an old Note exposing, which I believe that is written a several decades ago...... I prefer

Panasonic Lumix LX5

Panasonic Lumix LX5
Made by karst
New Panasonic Lumix LX5 already for sale in Japan. Lovely evolution of the LX3, slightly more zoom range, improved sensor and video. BTW love my Leica 45mm macro which I used to shoot this pic. My favorite m43 lens so far...

Akiba Neko!

Akiba Neko!
Made by kelvin255
あきはばら の ねこ These cats were sleeping on top of the signboard just outside Akihabara JR Station! Translation of the sign: Do not abandon animals!! It is against the law to abuse or to abandon animals.



Nearest places of interest:

Sofmap, Akihabara Main Store
Akihabara Daibiru Building
Gundam Cafe
Akihabara Station
  Akihabara UDX
Tokyo Times Tower
Orekon Akiba
Taito Station Akihabara

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