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    Akihabara is famous for its high tech shopping (electric town), entertainment and amazing themed cafes including meido cafe. Akihabara district is home to hundreds of shops selling every technological gadget you can imagine, from cameras, to robots and wifi just about everything. The district built its reputation as the place to go in Tokyo for very technically advanced hobbyist style parts and equipment. Today those smaller shops only make up a small and diminishing part of the district. The Akihabara of today caters much more to the main stream consumer and their desires for consumer electronics sold from larger stores. The culture of the district with its focus on themed cafes has become a more important of the whole atmosphere and experience.

    Shopping Arcade in Akihabara

    Shopping Arcade in Akihabara

     Akihabara Shopping

    See our detailed article on Akihabara shopping which includes details on many of the stores, pricing comparisons plus do’s and don’t’s of shopping in Japan.

    Maid Cafe – Meido Cafe

    Since around 2000, cafes called “maid cafe” (pronounced meido cafe) have opened in Akihabara. Over time the range of cafe themes has expanded to include airplane cafes with waitresses wearing air hostess uniforms inspired by the classical 1960’s uniforms. In maid cafes, typical manga-style maids serve tea and cakes. When a guest comes to the cafe, maids say “Welcome home, Master” even if it is the guest’s first time there, because the maids play the role of maids belonging to the guest’s mansion. Similarly, they say “Have a nice day, Master” when the guest leaves. In some meido cafe you can play card games with the maids, for a fee of course. Most meido cafe have restrictions on taking pictures and most have a very strict no touching policy.

    Meido Akihabara

    Meido Akihabara

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    2 Reviews on “Akihabara”

    1. Valerie Akihabara
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      Kind of the overrated tourist spot in Tokyo. There’s a lot of anime and otaku culture to be found, second hand electronics galore, and the Farmer’s Market outside of the JR station (Chuo street), but nothing remarkably crazy happens in Akihabara as anime would have you believe. I do, however, love the Donki here.

    2. Craig Fryer Post authorAkihabara
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      While internet shopping has made the shopping in Akihabara less interesting that it used to be, the distinctive culture of the meido cafes and other themed cafes is really a modern link to the Japanese traditional entertainers like geisha. Of course visiting a meido cafe is much more affordable than it was to be entertained so personally by a geisha.

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