Akihabara Electric Town tour roundup

Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011 in components, conferences by Ian
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13 Responses to “Akihabara Electric Town tour roundup”

  1. Dolabra says:

    such a cool place, every city needs one of these!

  2. Drone says:

    Seemingly a lost opportunity for us. Why didn’t you collect “name cards” and post contact info for these shops? Many must have Web sites, and Google Translate works pretty good these days. This post is a dupe – sort of. But I think it should be here in the round-up.

    • tayken says:

      Posted this on one of the articles but here it comes again:

      Tokyo Hackerspace has a video tour of most shops. Some have a website, some don’t and if they have, it’s in Japanese. But here is a spoiler:

      • Drone says:

        Ya, many cross posts on this multiple-subject on DP Forum. Your link is good. More videos. But I wish someone in Tokyo would take the time to harvest URLs for as many of these shops as possible and then let us have at ’em.Thanks Tayken… Drone

  3. brentbxr says:

    Man living close to this town is cheating! I wish I could just walk down the street and see all the components i could imagin.. but no; I have to dig through datasheet after datasheet and guess and miss 90% of them. Man that would be so sweet…

    I could wake up; think a sweet project; go to town grab everything I could possibly need for it; go home and soldier it and done… thats CHEATING..

    • tayken says:

      Hey, don’t forget maid cafes! After all that shopping, you need a cute maid serving you coffee of beer :)

      If you are a student (or can become a master, PhD student) apply for Monbukagakusho scholarship at Japanese Embassy. That’s how I ended up here, and I’m planning to extend my stay if possible :)

      • arakis says:

        sweet :) Electronic components and Maid caffes, geek porn :)

      • tayken says:

        Real geek porn also exists. :)

      • cantido says:

        >>Hey, don’t forget maid cafes!

        ugh, maid cafes.. ugh .. can’t think of anything worse. Overpriced, overrated. You can get all the stuff that is for sale in Akiba online anyhow. So much nicer than having to wade through all the people there. It’s almost as depressing going there now as it is going to one of those bars that all the Eikaiwa workers frequent.

        >>Monbukagakusho scholarship at Japanese Embassy. That’s how I ended up here,

        So that’s where my tax is going. tsk tsk.

  4. JoesGarage says:

    Not good – I would spend way too much $ there. I would become homeless – but I would have a huge microcontrolled shopping cart and fully automated cardboard box to live in.

  5. Mike Burr says:

    I enjoyed living in japan for 7 years. All of it in the Kanto-plain. Of the foods and everything else I miss. Being able to take the trains up to Akihabara about once a month to go shopping for computer parts, project parts and the like. Need to find a way to get back there. ;-)

  6. Fallingwater says:


    I envy you guys so much it’s not even funny. ._.

  7. JoeLaBidouille says:

    Definitively, Akihabara is THE place to be. Few weeks ago, I spent an whole day in visiting this place.
    It’s amazing to see so many different shops, so many things available immediately at very good prices.
    No newark, no digi-key, no mouser: Just go to the shop and buy it !

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