Thursday, March 1, 2012

Akihabara, the electronics junkie's candy store!

I just happened upon this Youtube video. It's of the electronics/camera/stereo district near Tokyo called Akihabara. If you don't know Akihabara, you need to add it to your bucket list! It's an electronic do-it-yourselfers complete dream place to be. There are parts of every description: not just one shop, but dozens and dozens of shops for every type of component imaginable. For audiophile stereo buffs, there are department store sized audio stores which cover every imaginable stereo component. I was there in the mid-80s and remember seeing dozens of display cases showing nothing but phonograph needles! Hundreds of them all on display. Ranging from the very inexpensive to the ultra sophisticated, hand-made needles made out of bamboo with custom jewelry-like cases! Now, if you're a photographer, you will lose your mind in Akihabara. There are so many camera shops there where there are row upon row of sales people behind the counter asking you what you'd like to see. They will hand you anything you ask for and you're welcome to touch and play with all the controls. You can then take one with you if you find it suitable. There was literally everything imaginable for you to see. It's mind-boggling.

Anyway, here's a video one person's view of the electronic components stores in the Akihabara district.

Here's a video of the inside of Yodobashi camera in Akihabara. This is of the computer parts and software section. Try to ignore the cheesy music if you can. :)

Try not to get overwhelmed!

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