11 Facts About Akihabara


Akihabara is a common name for the area around Akihabara Station in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, Japan.

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Administratively, the area called Akihabara mainly belongs to the Sotokanda and Kanda-Sakumacho districts in Chiyoda.

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Name Akihabara is a shortening of Akibagahara, which ultimately comes from Akiba, named after a fire-controlling deity of a firefighting shrine built after the area was destroyed by a fire in 1869.

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Akihabara gained the nickname Akihabara Electric Town shortly after World War II for being a major shopping center for household electronic goods and the post-war black market.

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Akihabara is considered by many to be the centre of modern Japanese popular culture and a major shopping district for video games, anime, manga, electronics and computer-related goods.

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Main area of Akihabara is located on a street just west of Akihabara Station, where most of the major shops are situated.

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Since its opening in 1890, Akihabara Station became a major freight transit point, which allowed a vegetable and fruit market to spring up in the district.

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Akihabara tries to create an atmosphere as close as possible to the game and anime worlds of customers' interest.

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The streets of Akihabara are covered with anime and manga icons, and cosplayers line the sidewalks handing out advertisements, especially for maid cafes.

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Release events, special events, and conventions in Akihabara give anime and manga fans frequent opportunities to meet the creators of the works they follow and strengthen the connection between the region and otaku culture.

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Architects design the stores of Akihabara to be more opaque and closed to reflect the general desire of many otaku to live in their anime worlds rather than display their interests to the world at large.

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