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The Akihabara district in Tokyo, popular with shoppers and tourists for its cluster of shops selling electronics gadgets, anime and pop culture items, reopened Sunday part of a vehicle-free pedestrian zone on January 23 for the first time since a fatal rampage in June 2008.The town opened a 570-meter section on its main street, Chuo-dori, to pedestrians. It will be open on Sundays from 1 p.m. on a trial basis until June.
The street was flooded with waiting shoppers and tourists when it reopened to pedestrians at 1 p.m.It will be open to 5 p.m. through March and 6 p.m. through June. If no problems are reported, it will remain open from July.
The street had been a car-free zone since 1973 on Sundays and holidays as it drew large crowds of shoppers.
But the local authorities decided to close the pedestrian zone after a man drove a truck into Chuo-dori just past noon on a Sunday in June 2008, hitting and killing three men before fatally stabbing four people and leaving 10 others injured.
A post manned by local residents, firefighters and police officers has been erected to ensure safety in the area. Signposts have also been put up around the area, urging people not to engage in antisocial activities, which were occasionally reported when the pedestrian zone was open.
Long awaited Akihabara Information Center has opened last week with the speech by the chief of the Japan Tourist Agency. The center will provide various information on unique Akihabara cultures including maid-cafe, costume-play cafe, animation etc for foreign visitors in English and Chinese. Walking tours by certified professional guides as well.
Go to ATPA site.(English) http://akihabara-tour.com/
The video below (Mostly Japanese ) is a report by a Tokyo tv station on the opening cermony and a couple of comments by western tourists.
Akihabara Information Center Open!
Gundam Cafe Akihabara has opened its doors on Apr.24.About 200 people lined up in Akihabara waiting for the official start of Gundam Cafe at 8:30. Read the rest of this entry »
Eight floors of heaven for anime fans, Mandarake Complex represents the flagship of the Mandarake chain of vintage anime ephemera.The seventh and eighth floors are like a museum of Japanese toy history — only everything is for sale. Read the rest of this entry »
The Japanese have taken their love of the latest electronic gadgets and modern appliances to a new level with Yodobashi Akiba, the largest electronics store in a section of Tokyo known for being the center of gadget, video game, and anime culture in the city.
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When the tower called “Tokyo Sky Tree” is completed, it will be 634 meters tall and become the tallest among antenna towers in the world. http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/english/
● Why 634 meters?
That’s partly because they want to build a higher tower than the TV tower, which is scheduled for completion at the end of this year in Guangzhou, China. It will be 610 meters tall. Read the rest of this entry »
There are so many businesspersons who bring hand-made “obentoes” or “bentoes” (lunch boxes) in Japan. It’s really good for them to do it because it saves their money and is beneficial to their health.
And some of them take more time and use their ingenuities to make their original bentoes called “Chara-ben”.
The sacred place for anime & game fans called “Akihabara” or “Akiba”, the Japan’s largest electronics quarter. Surveys show the increasing number of foreign tourists who visit there, as the interest in Japanese pop culture grows worldwide.
We are the organization called “Akibaland Tours” who gives guided tours to you, Akiba lovers from abroad.
We give you trilingual tours in English, Chinese and Japanese. No other tours will do that.
Moreover, our guides are all COSPLAYERS!!
Akihabara is the 3D wonderland where popped up from Anime or manga to the real world.
You can gather cutting-edge informations there.
So let’s enjoy Akihabara together! Akihabara ni oide yo!
*For more details, please look at our website; http://www.akiba-tour.com