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AKIHABARA
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1. Electric Town
2. Akiba Backstreet
3. Animate
4. Oden vending machine
5. Maid Cafe
1. Denkigai (Electric Town)
From the smallest stall-looking shops to large mass merchandise outlet, the Akihabara Denkigai offers a variety of stores for shoppers to stop by for computers, office supplies, electric appliances, video/ computer games, electronic parts, a range of figures and models as well as anime/manga and related goods. The variety of selections and the quality and quantity of information available is vast, making the district Japan’s largest electric consumption area.

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2. Akiba-Back street
On the back streets of the dazzling main street of Denkigai nestle stores specializing in the littlest and rarest parts like capacitors and so on, where purchases can be made from single pieces (as compared to bulks in the stores on the main street).
3. Animate
As known widely across the world today, Akihabara goes by the nickname of the mecca of anime and video games containing a number of stores dedicated to the kind – from the most popular series to the most hardcore – that are packed with fans throughout the day. Animate is one of the authentic anime store that sells products from manga, graphic novels, DVD / VHS / CD including series currently on air and those that are no longer shown, to character goods manga art supplies.
4. Oden Vending Machine
Oden, a traditional Japanese dish is often served at food stands if not prepared on the dinner tables at home, and by all means never the kind of thing sold in a vending machine – that is to say, until a few years ago. This vending machine on set on the narrow street sells oden in cans and has spread its name across the country as the specialty of Akihabara only. The stores owning the machine also sell souvenir-packed oden to go.
5. Maid Cafes
Until not too long ago Akihabara was recognized among Japanese people as the electric and electronic shopping district. However, from around the turning of the century it quickly gained new reputation as a trend spot for Japanese subculture, chiefly visual communication. It is, in a way, a place where reality and virtual reality blur into each other. Maid cafes are one of the representatives of such subculture: waitresses dressed in overly designed maid costumes like in manga serve customers as if the customers are their masters and entertain them by playing games and taking pictures together. This new kind of entertainment not only caught fire in other parts of Japan but was also featured in overseas media.
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