The Japanese Idol Room Experience

It’s mid-afternoon in Akihabra. I’ve been in and out of shops all morning, bewildered by cutesy anime characters, girls in costume, tight clusters of shoppers, and an array of noise from every direction. On my way down the street I stop to picture-read another cluster of signs on the side of the road, but I […]

Michael and the Maid Cafe

In the weeks leading up to my first trip to the world’s largest megacity, I spent quite a bit of time giggling to myself at some of the options that were presenting themselves to me.

The Alternate Universe of Akiba

In the northeastern side of central Tokyo lies a district like no other place in the world.