Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

If yesterday was a Saturday the life of a Japanese Girl,  Sunday was one for the boys. Akihabara is dubbed electronic city, but I didn’t bother with all that boy gadget nonsense. I came to check out Don Quyote; 7 floors of migraine-inducing arcade games, with the odd sex shop thrown in. And no, you wouldn’t think amongst all the kids toys and slot machines was the most well placed location for it, but believe me it gets weirder.

First – coninsidence weird. A few years ago in a land called work, I was in Cannes at a party thing – sorry a ‘networking event’. The headline VIP guests were some annoying 48 piece girlband/dance troop that no one had ever heard of, lip syncing like Aqua on acid to pop songs, much to everyone’s bumusment. Well, they are only fricking huge in Japan! Like kind of a massive deal. AKB48 (that’s their name.) Remember it case they turn up on next years X factor. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Second – is just plain weird weird. I already mentioned the maid costumes and the maid cafes, but Akihabara is famous for them. A place called @home in particular. I accidentally walked past on my way down an escalator. No really. And nearly tripped open jawed at the site of some 16-year-old girl in full little red riding get up, serving lunch whilst entertaining full-grown men in business suits with wolf hand puppet. This was at 11am on a Sunday. I’d really like to think this was in some way Halloween related (it’s the 31st) but I suspect it’s all year round.

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