I was in Akihabara the other day to pick up a few items and took some quick shots on the street. It was a week day so there was not that many people out. It was mainly interesting to see which stores had changed recently and take a look at the advertising boards.
There were plenty of girls from the Maid Cafe's out looking for customers. Quite a few of them asked me to stop buy for a drink.
Final Fantasy XIII due out on Dec. 17, 2009
An amusing look at the Taito Game Center reflected in the building across the street. Taito has about 8 floors of this building for their Game Center.
You can see from the next few photos the Autumn colors in the trees. The photos were taken in the late afternoon with the sun starting to set.
The main road running through Akihabara.
Looking back on the road towards the station area.
Plenty of taxis without customers at the moment. The red sign in the front of the taxi says "空車quot; or empty car.
Watch out you don't catch a cold as autumn turns into winter.
A number of years ago, the Akihabara area used to be all computer and electronic stores. It was hard to find somewhere good to eat. I don’t remember seeing Ramen on the main street back then.
Hakata Ramen store serving Tonkotsu Ramen
Hakata Ramen, pull up a seat.
This looks like the place for a quick snack. Sweets Paradise, poweder by PC MAX.
There are plenty of coffee shops and bread shops around the station recently. Years ago, I remember it difficult to find anything decent to eat. Now there is choice.
Recently, instead of saying Akihabara, most people are just calling this area, Akiba. The kanji is written 秋葉原, which used to be read Akiba no hara, similar to Yamanote 山手, the “no” is not seen but still read. The popular reading changed from Akiba no hara to Akihabara, and now people seem content to just say Akiba.
For a number of years the Yamanote Line was referred to as the Yamate Line, until new signs in English and Japanese made the reading to be consistently Yamanote Line.
The "Cool Old Dude", being of course Asa Taro, former Prime Minister of Japan.
Most of the girls from the maid cafes don't like their photo being taken. That's cool.
Don Ki Hote ドンキホーテ and a mixture of pachinko and games in this amusement store building.
The Christmas feel in Akihabara.
Lots of advertising on the sides and windows of buildings in Akihabara. At night the neon shines bright as well.
Checking out a few mobile phone straps in Yodobashi Camera. Anyone for fried rice?
Back at the station area. The station is still under reconstruction. There used to be an old department store above the station. Not sure what this will all look like when finished, but should be interesting.
Almost forgot, this is what I bought. A small sushi set from Kotobukiya store.
Tiny sushi set
Are you an Akihabara fan? What is your favorite thing to go shopping for?