Japan 2019 Day 13 Part 2 - MORE AKIHABARA!Nov 19, 2022 3 min read
“A man’s value is not determined by his annual income! It’s all about what percentage of that income he’s willing to spend on hobbies! - Akiba’s Trip The Animation, 2017”
🔞 It’s Akiba. You’ve been warned…
Rare doujin from one of the key animators
When the one figure you were hoping to show up, doesn’t, haha…
I should’ve have bought that Lemon Syaro back in Osaka.
Akiba Cultures Zone
I didn’t mean for the photo to be out-of-focus but it’s fitting it happened to Akari.
Hey, I have this figure.
Kotobukiya’s own store is always fun to visit. I already went to the Osaka branch this trip.
She’s not dead. Just retired.
Somehow, Tsukumo never owned the rights to their own mascot and they decided against renewing her contract. Such a shame, they could have capitalized on the emerging vtuber market.
I never did get the chance to buy any of her merch.
We tried once in 2014 but we were told that the item was for display only.
Oh, but the Tsukumo branch outside the station is actually dead though, along with the rest of the building. The one with those 4 flights of escalators you could see from the street.
So sad, we walked past that building so many times…
Never got to see the actual Tsukumo shop there though since they only moved in just before the pandemic hit. Talk about poor timing.
Photo by Tabi Kawasemi on Google Maps
That building got taken over by Sofmap later.
I’m glad they kept the escalators. It’s such an iconic Akiba landmark.
Everyone knows the best Ultraman is [insert Ultraman you grew up with].
Hey, kid. Want some chicken?
Koobu Inari Shrine
A cosplay cafe/izakaya
I made a “My little operating system can’t be this cute!” joke in a previous trip but after looking it up, it turns out this cafe’s theme actually is inspired by the FreeBSD OS, whose logo is a devil. Or rather, they were inspired by FreeBSD-tan.
Left - Creator’s Cafe Akihabara Seisakujo
It’s like an internet cafe, but targeted at artists. There’s computers with drawing tablets for digital artists as well as desks/stationery for pen/paper artists. They also provide things like printing services for those making physical goods to sell at events like Comiket.
Middle - 発掘！グラドル文化祭 (As seen on TBS TV!)
It’s a cosplay cafe where you can hold photoshoot sessions with the gravure model maids.
You may use your smartphone if you’re a cameralet.
Right - teMpane, a mahjong parlor.
You play their own version of mahjong where they mixed in RPG elements like skills and classes. Of course, being Akihabara, the staff you play against are all maids.
What are the staff up to back there?
RIP, another store now closed in 2022.
Oh hey, it’s the artist that drew a fashion series inspired by fighter jets.
Revolutionizing the industry with IT x Anime
Recruitment poster for Toranoana’s dev team. The company is run by kindergarteners apparently.
Huh, did not know Toranoana is behind Fantia, Japan’s Patreon-like service.
This could be you!
Do you have experience in web dev? Do you want a 10% discount on all doujins?
Sega Arcade 1
It’s the end of Sega, zura~
Oh, but that Matsumoto Kiyoshi cosmetics shop in the bottom left is dead now.
Hey, kid. Wanna become a magical girl?
Pop Life Department M’s
Rubber pussies, locked and loaded, Sir
Woah, nice screen space reflections.
It’s not as good as I remember…
I guess my standards went up after eating at so many different places throughout Japan this trip.
Only ¥570 for the whole meal so still pretty decent all things considered 👍
I think this free Girl’s Frontline thing from that Touhou shop is an emergency ice pack.
Next time, meet-up with friends and the rest of Akiba (before Covid killed it all).