Tokyo’s Electric City – Akihabara – Leaves Me Wordless

The Akihabara area of Tokyo is also called the electric city and our friends Yoshiyuki & Tomoe included it on our quick tour of Tokyo. Although you are immediately struck by the bright colors (and bright lights at night), the area gets it’s name from all the shops that sell and fix the latest in electronics.

Friends in Akihabara, Tokyo

Tokyo's Electric City

Electric City, Tokyo, Japan

geeky Japanese tech

electric shops in Tokyo's electric city

But as Japanese electronics grew, the area went from a heavy work area from electricians, to one that included a bit of a show. Sort of like Times Square in that there are all sorts of people walking around, handing out handbills, etc. Except many of the people working in Akihabara look like anime characters!

real live anime in Tokyo

girls who look like anime in Japan

I was really proud of this photo from a composition standpoint — I haven’t edited it or anything!

handing out handbills in Tokyo
But I have to admit from a speed perspective, I am proud of this shot too! I didn’t see this coming and yet was able to snap a quick photo. 

a character on an Akihabara street


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About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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8 Responses to Tokyo’s Electric City – Akihabara – Leaves Me Wordless

  1. Joyce August 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Wow! That is quite a city. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janice Person August 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      Thanks Joyce! That’s a beautiful dog in your photo too…. looks like a lab I used to love dearly!

  2. Ai Sakura August 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    It’s one of the areas we always visit when we’re back in Tokyo!

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    • Janice Person August 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

      Thanks Al. Our Japanese family live in Kansai so I am much more familiar with Osaka, but I really enjoyed Tokyo this time. I’d like to go back and see some more too!

  3. Blogger Broadcast August 7, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    so cool, the cities in Asia always look so busy.

  4. Patty August 7, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Great pics! I’d love to visit Toyko some day.

    • Janice Person August 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Its a great city! I love Japan overall for travel… need to spend more time in Tokyo!

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