Last day first

April 16, 2008 at 5:09 am 6 comments

I had decided to say “Screw the cost!” and brave the train for a fast trip into Tokyo on my last day in Japan.  I arrived at the Narita airport at 10:30am and didn’t need to check in for my flight home until 3:00, so I plunked down 6000 yen and got a round trip train ticket to the Tokyo subway station.  Akihabara is a mere two stops away from there.

Yes, I finally got to go to Akihabara.

First, I’d like to say that the view from the train going there was spectacular.  The sakura trees were in full bloom and would randomly pop out of clusters of apartment buildings and parking lots, or there would be a small grove of them in the parks and schools we passed.  It made me want to step out of the train and sprawl underneath one.  I could really understand why the Japanese people do it, and I was only passing by in a speeding train.

But, my geek moment.  I didn’t have much time in the city (barely two hours) and I was afraid of walking down the wrong street and missing my train back so I stayed on the main drag the whole time.  I found the Animate store pretty easily but Gamers was a little harder.  It was only on my second pass through that area that I finally found it.  I think because I was coming from the other side of the building and it’s too hard to see from there.  Basically, the directions I had said that both stores were to the right if you came out of the Electric Town subway gate.  But… there’s to the right and there’s to the right.  Heh.  The exit I came out of opened onto a small street and I could see a Sega store (I think??) at the end of it.  There was an exit farther off to the right that I only noticed on my way back.  This was the street Gamers was on.  Easily recognizable by the girls in costume handing out flyers and posing for camera crews.  I’m not quite sure how I missed it. 

The main street was busy and I didn’t want to risk getting trampled by playing tourist, so sadly I have no pictures, other than this one of the subway sign.

japan 2008 akihabara sign

I ended up not buying very much after all. I picked up a couple of art books and (the first thing I saw when I walked into Animate!!) the Yotsuba&! page a day calendar! That made the trip worthwhile. ;) I have to admit I was a bit leery of wandering into too many of the stores. Quite frankly, most anime posters tend to look rather porn-like and when the stores are filled with only men I can’t tell from the outside if it’s “safe” to go in. I had already gotten off the elevator in Animate on the porn floor and that was enough embarrassment for one day!  It really doesn’t help when you can’t read any of the signs.

My next trip will definitely have more time scheduled for Akihabara! And I’m wandering around more next time!

BTW, the Yotsuba calendar is most excellent.  It runs from April 2008 – March 2009 so I’ll get to enjoy it for a full year.  After puzzling over my completely untranslated Totoro daybook (and the days don’t go from Sunday to Saturday which makes it harder for me to use) I was a bit wary about how useful it was going to be.  But!  No worries! 

Here’s the April 12 page, just because it’s awesome.




Entry filed under: manga.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. badtzphoto  |  April 20, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Yotsuba daily calendar is just too cute.

    I’m impatiently waiting for #6 which is 2months late now :( sigh.

  • 2. pajcat  |  April 20, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I finally started using it! And the back pages of the calendar are lined, so I can keep the finished pages for scrap paper. :)

    I have a lot of Yotsuba stuff in my apartment right now…

  • 3. badtzphoto  |  April 20, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    oh, I’d keep the calendar just because it’s Yotsuba :)

    “I have a lot of Yotsuba stuff in my apartment right now…”
    I’m green with envy of that fact alone.

  • 4. pajcat  |  April 21, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Have you seen the 12 month Yotsuba calendar? The one where they’ve inserted her into photos of scenes in Japan? I really wanted to get that one, but you can only have so many calendars!

    I already have a Saiyuki one on my wall, and now the page a day calendar. I really can’t justify spending more on knowing what day of the week it is!

  • 5. badtzphoto  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    no, I haven’t. it seems like I’m incompetent since googling “yotsuba calendar” didn’t give me the results.

    Last year, I bought 2007 Fruits basket calendar in June just because it’s FB :) I’m not obsessed or anything. Oh no…

  • 6. badtzphoto  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve found it. I prefer the daily one actually :)


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