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    Akihabara is famous for its high tech shopping (electric town), entertainment and 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. Akihabara built its reputation as the place to go in Tokyo for very technically advanced hobbyist style parts and equipment sold from many small shops. Today those smaller shops only make up a small and diminishing part of Akihabara. The Akihabara of today caters much more to the main stream consumer and their desires for consumer electronics sold from larger stores.

     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

    Akihabara is in the eastern part of Chiyoda Ward in Tokyo.

    Akihabara Attractions

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    1. Profile photo of Craig FryerCraig 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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