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Capsule Hotels go upscale in Akihabara

A new hotel in the trendy area of Akihabara is taking the idea of the capsule hotel to an all new level of luxury. While capsule hotels are known as low priced, cramped, one night layovers for drunks and tired salarymen. That imag...

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Girl Fight: Akiba holds ladies-only BlazBlue tournament

On February 10th, there was a tournament for the game BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma in e-Sports Square Akihabara. However, this contest was different from a normal one. The BlazBlue tournament was all girls. That's right, no boys were all...

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Akiba's Radio Market to shut down tomorrow

Long before Moe infected the alleys of Akihabara, it was known best for one thing, Electronics. Not many places captured the spirit of Akiba quite like the Radio Market. I'm sure most who have made the pilgrimage, are familiar with building...

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More Akiba's Trip 2 than you ever knew you wanted

Seriously, there is a ridiculous amount of footage here courtesy of Japanese Youtuber GameEmpireHD, captured for your benefit (and presumably his ad revenue). These more than 75 minutes of collected play from Acquire's latest game is ...

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JX: An interview with Dempagumi.inc

The fun loving group of Dempagumi.inc was kind enough to sit down with me and chat about some of the things that they like. I will warn you right now, the audio does peak when these girls get going. So if you have your speakers up or your ...

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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #18 - Akiba

Today, I spent a few hours wandering about Akihabara. Since it's Sunday, the main electric district area is closed to vehicle traffic from 1-6 p.m., so everyone is free to roam safely up and down the street. A friend tells me that there use...

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Celebrate Father's Day with Pants Man!

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there! And if you (or your dad, for that matter) happens to be a fan of father-and-daughter manga Yotsuba&!, Kotobukiya has a treat in store at their Akihabara branch. Anyone picking up  ...


Get a feel for the BD/DVD release of Senran Kagura

There is only one way that the Senran Kagura series could be advertised in Akihabara for the BD/DVD release and that is with oppai standees. Three of the main girls of the series, Ikaruga, Asuka, and Hibari got the 3D oppai treatment f...


Char's hot curry brings all the space girls to the yard

Blond space loli magnet Char Aznable lives on in Gundam Cafe's spicy red hot curry. With curry that is advertised as being as antagonizing as Char is as a villain, and called Char Zaku Curry to even match the color of his steed, it's no won...


Visit Nene, Manaka or Rinko at 7-Elevens in Akihabara

If you happen to be around Akihabara from Valentine's day (Feb.14) through Feb. 29 this year, you're in luck! Now you could take your Love Plus girlfriend on a date from your device to 7-Eleven via their download service 7-spot, eat chocola...


Idols x Instant Ramen x Akihabara

I imagine there are a few of you out there that, for one reason or another, put up with the monotonous and wearisome preparation required for making instant ramen. Pouring hot water, only to have to wait patiently for three minutes before e...


JapanaTour: Akihabara part two

Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that are created by mashing my fingers on a keyboard until something half legible appears. Raising the bar, folks!  It's time for a second trip into the otaku wonderland known as Akiha...


JapanaTour: Akihabara part one

Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that makes me spend more time thinking of a witty opening line than actually writing meaningful words! This week, it seems I have the daunting task of describing Akihabara, the place I imag...


The choice of Steins Gate is for buildings to do cosplay

Others might tell you that the mysterious object that "crashed" into the Akihabara Radio Building was merely an elaborate promotion for conspiracy time-travel anime Steins;Gate. Others would tell you that the "promotion" involved building a...


Hmmmm: Akiba's stabbing rampage going filmic

In July of 2008, Tomohiro Kato ran a truck into the crowded streets of Akihabara on one of its "foot traffic only" days, killing three people and injuring two. He then exited the vehicle and proceeded to stab a dozen random passers-by, leav...


Senran Kagura gets new PR group, lots of details emerge

Yesterday's press conference from Marvelous Entertainment brought much news to light on the upcoming 3DS bouncy ninja game Senran Kagura. The first is of the formation of a PR group made of five girls, who each represent a character from th...


Acquire's underwear game is Akiba's Trip, a vampire game

Quirky Japanese dev Acquire, responsible for the likes of Way of the Samurai and the decent portions of Tenchu, has just revealed its newest PlayStation Portable game: Akiba's Trip. It had been teasing the game earlier with mysterious pictu...


Acquire wants you to guess what's up with these boxers

Because they're just lying right in the middle of Akihabara's main road (and in all kinds of other places), and Acquire took the trouble of photographing them and setting up a teaser site and twitter widget that allows you to tweet the pic ...


Akihabara has pedestrian streets again after two years

Akihabara, the geek haven of Tokyo, used to close its streets on Sundays, keeping cars out so pedestrians could have free run of the place. There were plenty of shoppers, cosplayers, street vendors, and performers making it a festive place ...


Need another excuse to go to Akiba? Ok, duty-free items!

If there's one place anime fans need to go when visiting Tokyo, it's the Akihabara district. Even if you don't end up buying anything when you're there, the sheer audacity of the place is worth see. It's quite the spectacle, especially if y...


Video: Nonsensical fun in Akibahara's Don Quijote

Crazy discount goods store Don Quijote (or Donki, as the kids here say) is a lot of fun to run around in and...well, laugh at. Tim and I did just that this weekend, and we brought a video camera so that the Japanese shoppers could stare at ...


Japanator TGS week update

We've been here in Japan for several days now, dying from the heat, but we haven't forgot about you. We've just been really busy running from one end of the city to the next. Now that TGS is only a few days away, we're really trying to take...


Akihabara gets back to car-free Sundays again

Remember how Akihabara used to close its streets off to cars on Sundays, leaving them open for cosplayers and shoppers to freely stroll? Those were good times, and they provided ample opportunity for me to snap shots like the ones above. Bu...


Twitter on the sh*tter gets man some toilet paper

Don't act like you don't check your Twitter feed on the toilet! I know you do. I was reading the other day that the mobile phone is the dirtiest thing in your home. That's probably why. One guy was doing his duty in one of my favorite place...


Nanami Madobe's Windows 7 CM gets you to build your PC

The time has come for you to build your very own Windows 7-powered PC!Why? Because an officially endorsed Microsoft moe mascot told you to, that's why. She will brook no dissent! Besides, it's super easy, according to "Nanami Madobe's ...


Microsoft plans on hosting a gaming festival Akihabara

Despite being unable to outsell any of its competitors, Microsoft hasn't given up on the Japanese market just yet. Later this month, Microsoft plans on hosting a demo event to show off some of their upcoming releases. The event will take pl...


Stride marketing stunt terrifies Akiba, summons the cops

Ah, so-called "guerrilla marketing" stunts. When they're good, you love 'em, and when they aren't, you curse 'em to the very depths of the underground. In worst case scenarios, even The Man can end up getting involved, which is ap...


Akiba cafe gets its tech on; mecha designers welcome

I have to wonder how many of you have experience with electronics. I'm not talking about just owning them -- I can't even count how many devices I have cluttering my office -- but actually taking them apart and working with t...


Akihabara's Gundam Cafe looks pretty f'n sweet

On this coming Saturday, Bandai's Gundam Cafe is supposed to open in Akihabara. I've gotta see this! Thankfully the folks at Akihabara News got in early to check it out. It turns out that it's pretty damned nice looking! It's a Gundam setti...


Brilliant: Akiba store sells Yuki as 'My Wife'

At Iosys, a mobile phone shop on Akihabara's main drag, Chuo-dori, a girl that you'd normally call Yuki Nagato is being sold as "My Wife," or as we say here at Jtor, Mai Waifu. Check out AkibaBlog's picture of a just-woke-up Yuki....


Near-nude Manaka: The best way to promote LovePlus+

You can only poke fun at DS dating simluator LovePlus so many times. By now it feels normal for grown men to be dating their portable gaming system. I'm used to it. I'm so used to it now that I suppose if I were to have walked past this...


So THAT's what Kirsten Dunst was doing in Akiba

Remember some time back when we saw Kirsten Dunst in some weird (but kinda hot) outfit in Akihabara? I maintain that she was doing it wrong, but I grew to like the legwear and heels.  Now we get a full look at what the American actress...


Akiba gets 16 security cameras, more to come

Man, Akihabara. What happened to you? I remember the old days. I remember visiting when they'd close the street and people could roam freely on the weekend. One of my most precious visits saw in the same day: A guy in only his (poopy) under...


Moesham, a maid hair salon that likes to rub your head

Moesham is not a sham. It's a hair salon where cute maids wash your hair, clean your ears and more.*looks in the mirror*Wow, would you look at that? I'm about due for a haircut! The Akihabara-based salon offers a menu of shampoo courses fr...


Top 10 words of 2009 as voted by Akihabara

We like our words. Whether they're new ones we've just invented, or older ones we've re-purposed for slightly more interesting (re: perverted) uses, languages are always changing. It's not much surprise then, that everyone's favorite nerd-h...


Akiba:F makes blood donation awesome, desirable

I've always felt a little guilty about not being able to donate blood. Due to the wealth of prescription medication constantly flowing through my veins, I'm banned from doing so. But now, I feel especially inadequate, because this new blood...


AkibaBlog's English version comes to an end

One of our favorite blogs, AkibaBlog, started an English language version of their popular Japan-based Akihabara coverage site last year. We loved it and linked to it several times. We love their pervy outlook on life and otaku culture. Tha...


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