Thanks to its vast collection of electronics and anime stores, as well as game parlours, Akihabara has well and truly earned its nickname "electric town" — not that the rest of Tokyo is living in the bronze age, mind you.
Senior editor Wayne Cunningham hits the legendary gadget district in Japan in search of weird and wonderful electronics.
While in Japan for the 2007 Tokyo auto show, we took a trip through Akihabara, Japan's world-famous district of electronics shops. Akihabara includes shops tiny and large, selling everything from computers to transistors. It's an electronics wonderland.
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