After visiting Tokyo Station (Tokyo Day 4 Part 1), we decided to take the rest of the day easy and hopped over to Akihabara to do a bit of browsing. Train Station: Akihabara
Radio Kaikan Akiba
Radio Kaikan building – home to Kotobukiya, Volks, K-Books, Yellow Submarine and Havikorotoy, among others. It’s very near Akiba station.
It was kind of dark and dank inside. Only for serious hobbyists!
We were not supposed to take pictures inside any of the stores, so naturally we did! ^-^
Re-ment Miniature Goods
There were a lot of shops selling mystery boxes containing miniature everyday items under the Re-Ment brand. Though these are cheap and cute, you never know what you’re going to get as the contents are randomly packed (like trading cards). There are also other kinds of mystery boxes ranging from anime and manga characters to different types of sword replicas. If you’re not a fan of surprises, you do have the option of buying these goods without the boxes, at a higher price, of course
Volks is Japanese company manufacturing ball-jointed dolls. The Volks store at Radio Kaikan has a good selection of bodies, hair, clothes, accessories, stands and paints.
More displays inside the store.
The Neo-EB models cost 1575 yen, which is the same price online. The A, B, D, E label are body type or rather boob cup-size.
Speaking of boobs, what’s this?
It’s an adult shop at a nearby, nondescript building. The walls were covered with posters of girls in provocative poses in various stages of undress. This place feels seedier than your normal adult store. I’m guessing if smelling used panties is your kind of thing, this is probably the place to get some. -_-”
Lunch Using A Vending Ticket System
We had our lunch at Akiba. Today was our first time buying a meal using a vending ticket system! We can’t remember the name of the shop but it was one of many food establishments located along a small street adjacent to Chuo Dori. We figured the menu out by comparing the characters on the labels on the food replica outside with the words on the vending machine selection inside.
It was a ridiculously heavy lunch at only 780 yen each! If you’re very hungry, this meal is a very good deal. Dari had a set a huge bowl of kake soba (buckwheat noodles in hot broth) AND big bowl of kakiage don (fried vegetable strips with rice). I had soba with a large fishcake tempura, a large onigiri (rice wrapped in seaweed) and inari (rice stuffed in a tofu skin pocket). Dari had to struggle with his rice after eating the soba. I couldn’t finish my onigiri, so I stuffed it in my camera bag!
Next we visited the fashionable Shibuya (Tokyo Day 4 Part 3).