When you have a geeky husband, one of the ‘must visit’ (every time!) places in Tokyo is Akihabara Electric City. It is *the* Tokyo district to go where you can buy everything and anything electronic and anime.
There are lots of “maid cafes” around Akihabara where the staff (girls of course) are dressed up and behave like anime characters. We decided to skip this experience. It was enough to see the girls on the street handing out leaflets while speaking in squeaky, very unnatural, ‘cutesy’ voices. In cafes waitressing staff apparently refer to customers as ‘master’.
Japanese pop sensation ‘AKB48’ has a cafe and shop right next to Akihabara station. They have 64 members (seriously!) and they are one of the highest earning musical acts in the world. Their posters are on display all over Akihabara, in every shop, on the outside walls of buildings and even on passing cars. Next door is the Gundam Cafe with one of the robots out front. To his disappointment, Husband had to inform me that it was/is a popular japanese sci-fi animation series about giant robots called ‘Mobile Suits’. Girls band and robots have their own branded cafes!!
8 floors of ‘toys’.
…I managed to take a few sneaky photos.
Full-size anime body pillow anyone?