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Japan 2013 – Idols in Akihabara ♡

I have been very bad at keeping my promise of posting more..
And also posting about Japan!  :aseru:
This one isn’t related to fashion so please bear with me..

 

Akihabara in Tokyo is probably how a lot of people imagine Japan!

It is nicknamed Electric Town.

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You can buy many inexpensive electronics there.

It’s also home to many maid cafes.

When you are walking around the streets, there will be maids handing flyers out asking you to go to their cafe.
I really want to take a picture with them, haha. They are just so cute! But I was toooo embarrassed to ask! :aseru:

Besides maids, it’s also home to many idol theaters!

If you are a fan of idols, you will most likely know that this is where AKB48 started!
They are probably Japan’s most famous girl idol group at the moment.

This is the Akihabara train station!

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Right outside is the AKB48 cafe and shop.
They have a very good location..
But of course, it helps to be very popular! Although these days they are beginning to decline somewhat.

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Outside the station, there is a big open area and sometimes there are people singing and dancing!

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The Electric Town is primarily a street of shops.

Do you see that Akiba One building on the right?

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They have a couple of very exciting stores in there!

One of them is Trio.
At Trio, you will find many second hand idol goods such as photos, posters, cds, etc.
It was truly heaven for me!   :raburabu:

This is a picture of all the CDs, pictures, photobooks, etc. I bought when I was in Japan.

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I found many photos at Trio for around 100 yen (roughly $1 USD)!

At Trio, I also bought Morning Musume  One Two Three single set for around 2000 yen ($20 USD)
It is very inexpensive considering each single in the set cost at least $12!

Another amazing store I recommend to go to is called Book Off.
It is a store where you can buy second hand CDs, DVDs, books, etc.
It is not limited to idols, but they still have idol CDs, DVDs, and photobooks there too!

I bought many Morning Musume singles for less than 500 yen ($5 USD)!

This experience was tooooooo exciting for me really. My heart was beating really hard the whole time I was there!

In Book Off, I spent at least 3 hours browsing.. but in all honesty, I could browse there an entire day finally buying every Japanese CD I’ve enjoyed!

 After browsing a couple hours, I literally had a basket filled full with CDs.. Unfortunately, it was just too much for me to carry.
Next time I go to Japan, I think I need to split my trips to Book Off and buy a little bit every time I go..
Yes, I’m that crazy, haha. 

 

I’m very sorry for the lack of photos, but many stores are very strict about taking photos in their stores. :aseru:

 

As you walk further down the street, you will see the Don Quijote building!
Don Quijote is an inexpensive store where you buy pretty much anything! I bought some make up when I was there!

At the top of the building though is where the actual AKB48 theater is.
Yes, I went to see a show here! It is a very small theater. I’m not really sure of the capacity, but it’s only around 200.
I could clearly see the idol’s faces and I noticed many times when they had direct eye contact with me!

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Outside the building, there were still maids handing out fliers.
But to my surprise, there was also a member of an indie idol group handing out fliers for their show!
I asked if she was an idol and tried to ask how to get to the show.. but my Japanese is really super poor.

But I really, really wanted to go! Unfortunately, it was the 2nd to last day of my trip then and they didn’t have any more shows scheduled before I left.
There is just so much to do in Japan!

 

Further down the street you will see this building!

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Do you see what’ special about it????
Yes, there is the Hello!Project store! :heart:

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 Out of sheer luck – on the day I went to the store one of the idols Tasaki Asahi was having a mini live and handshake!
I was sooooo surprised and happy! :heart:

Again, I don’t have pictures as they were prohibited. :aseru:

Asahi played a couple of her songs on the keyboard and sang along.
She is truly passionate about her music. I was so impressed!

And next came the handshake!
She was nice to me and super surprised when I told her I was from California!
I also told her best of luck with her major debut.

a. also came with me too! Of course, he got more attention because he is not of Asian descent! So she got very excited!

 You can hear one of Asahi’s songs here.

 

Akihabara was an extremely exciting place for me!
I couldn’t be more happy as a major idol fan…
I think I can die happy now, hahaha. :aseru:

What do you think of the atmosphere there?

Would you like to go too?

 

P.S. I received my seifuku from Taobao! I think it’s soooo cute! :raburabu:

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12 Comments

  1. Tanja
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Akihabara – heaven for every otaku :heart: + it’s full of cute boys :heartbreak: LOL
    Wow so cool! All the stores and such! And u got really cheap stuff :strawberry:
    You studied Japanese alone or in school?? Can you write kanji? :aseru:
    Your uniform is supper kawaii ;) (Hahahaha sorry I just had to use random Japanese word :wink: )
    U ever wear such clothes when u are in Japan??

    • strawberryjam
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      Hahaha.. I’m not into most Asian boys. I didn’t think much when I saw them, hahaha.
      I studied Japanese 2 semesters during uni, but to be honest I forgot most everything. My Japanese is probably mostly composed of knowledge from watching Morning Musume videos over 10 years, lol. I can write some kanji, but only because I know some Chinese. Aren’t you studying Japanese? You’re probably much more pro than me!

      I wouldn’t ever wear a school uniform like that in Japan, hahaha. They KNOW it’s a costume so that’s too embarrassing. I heard there are stores for used school uniforms. I was thinking YEAH I WANT TO GO THERE AND GET SOME! But then I realized who the correct audience is for these stores… ;_;

      • Tanja
        Posted April 13, 2014 at 7:12 am | Permalink

        Ah I see^^ We have one super cute Asian boys on our school (he will finish school this year) and I am going cazy when I see him! He is so cute that he can make my day better lol. It’s weird but cute stuff & pretty/cute/cool people make me feel full of energy :kira: And I believe that every single person is cute in its own way.. so I feel energized most of the time lol :wink: (ok that is really weird)
        Yea I am studying Japanese, but on my own.. so you can imagine how that is going.. I’m learning but super slow :aseru: I did learn a lot during 2 weeks when we had that free Japanese lesons from Japanese students that came to Slovenia.. I never learned so much in just 2 weeks :kira: I realized after that.. and not just that.. then you probably have bunch of perverts following you around :aseru: Yea not so great idea :down:

        • strawberryjam
          Posted April 13, 2014 at 11:38 am | Permalink

          Awwww noooo. You’ll be super sad when he finishes school! I hope you can keep in touch.
          But I do understand what you mean. When I was in high school, my dump of a school actually had a Japanese exchange student. I was all over him in a creepy, creepy way. He probably does not remember me fondly…. lol. But he got me so excited! And you’re right, everyone is cute in their own way. :raburabu:
          Good luck with your studies. Those 2 weeks are still giving you a good head start I’m sure!
          And at least you are learning. I tried to learning again, but I think I’m getting too old, lol.

  2. Vi
    Posted March 31, 2014 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    It sounds like you had an absolute blast! Gah, I would have spent just as much time in Book Off as well. Also please do a Japanese makeup haul, I’m curious to see what you got.

    I heard Maid Cafes serve overpriced food, but I still want to try it out at least once in my life. Hopefully next time you’ll be able to go to one!

    • strawberryjam
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t buy.. much make up. ;_; I will show you the things I bought though!
      Yeah I’m sure the maid cafes aren’t about the actual food, haha.

      You’ve been to Japan as well? I hope you super liked it!

  3. kaki
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I have always remember Akihabara for the maids cafe, their dresses are soooooo cute :bear:
    Will you be going to one next time :D?

    And omg, I spot Ai-chan’s photoboooook!!! Must visits that store when I go to Japan :up:

    And I am really curious how you tour around Japan, do you need to know some Japanese?

    • strawberryjam
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      I wonder if I will go to a maid cafe… hahaha. I’m not sure.

      Yes, I got Ai-chan’s photobook! She has a part 2 now so I should probably get it too, hahaha.

      It’s OK if you don’t know Japanese. Sure enough I know some broken horribad Japanese, but it really doesn’t help. It’s just really confusing when people talk to me because I’m of Asian descent so they think I’m Japanese. I usually just nod if it’s not really a big deal for me to understand. Anyways, since you know Chinese and being able to read and piece together the meaning will help a lot. If people start talking to me, I just say I’m American and they get the idea. I’ve gotten shocked responses – BUT YOU LOOK JAPANESEEE WHATTTT! Hahaha.

      • kaki
        Posted April 14, 2014 at 2:28 am | Permalink

        :O There’s a part two? I am obviously not following her news. :down:
        I just managed to get the first one… now I must save money….

        I guess it’s a good idea to say I am American after all.. XD
        I’ve had people speaking Japanese to me out of no where, and I just stood there…
        HAHA! Going to Japan sounds like a cool adventure on top of all the shopping stuff!!

        • strawberryjam
          Posted April 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

          It’s super fun in Japan! Best of luck saving up :D It’s relatively cheap compared to other photobooks at least!

  4. Posted April 4, 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Hi, I just discovered your blog by chance today, but I really like it! You have great style and your photos look very natural and lovely. Haha, and I just recently moved to Dublin, so I’m also excited to stumble across a Dublin-based blogger!
    This post makes me miss Japan, we went to a maid cafe in Akihabara on my birthday, so it really has special memories for me. I was planning to go to an AKB concert, but then I learnt that the tickets have to be won in a lottery first O_o. You definitely got a lot, never had enough patience to browse through all of the CDs they had, so in the end I only bought one (and some kids gave me two for free, I think it was their project so they were promoting it). ^__^

    • strawberryjam
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

      Wow, thanks a lot for commenting on my blog! I’m really excited to see another Dubliner! We should meet sometime.. ^^;; I’m going to put your link on my sidebar :D

      AKB48 is very difficult to see. You have to consider the fact that they can easily sell 1 million singles one day. The capacity of their theater is also only roughly 250 seats….. so yeah. I applied every day I was there and I was only able to win 1 show and it was a show for a new team without any major popular girls. Not to mention in general idol fans are crazy! I hope you can get into a show next time!

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