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Japan: Cars, Anime, Friends, Wonder - a Dogapult Trip Part 3

Day 3 and 4 (August 10th and 11th) Akihabara by Day...:
When you’re dealing with a 14 hour time difference, you tend to wake up a little early. So early that Akihabara was closed. Did make for some cool shots, though, as we wound our way through the main streets and side streets, waiting for the town to wake up.

Very few people walking around Electric Town this early...

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One of the many Club Sega, closed because it’s too early.

Barely anyone on the main street...

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Even fewer on the side streets.

*Sofmap is a store where you can buy new and used anime goods. PC games, manga, DVDs, figures, you name it. they have a few different locations in Akihabara.
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None of the Sofmaps* were open yet, either.

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Did find this very cool old house(?) though. Definitely a departure from the very modern Akihabara.

As the day progressed, we started finally seeing the town wake up.

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This truck’s method of unloading would be great in the US!

Wonder if the owner uses it to hold that Motocompo in the background!
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Wasn’t exactly expecting to see an Explorer, but I bet the utility was useful!

Figure the gentleman doesn’t need his identity shown.
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First time seeing Japanese diplomatic plates, but oddly enough, not the last time this trip...

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Apparently Batman won, as Superman had to be brought out in two pieces...

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Surprised to find a Carl’s Jr. But Akihabara is a big place.
Finally we started getting into some of the shops.

This is a Jumbo Mikudayo. Mikudayo is massive. (and creepy)
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Lots and lots of nice figures.

Thankfully we weren’t too tempted just yet. Some of these were PRICEY.

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Apparently Zootopia was just coming out in Japan on DVD. It’s always interesting to see releases for movies from other countries.

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Found what I can only assume was a Japanese Vectrex.

Not to mention finding a few Not Safe For Work things, They’ve been linked to in this Imgur album, http://imgur.com/a/Ff2Db


Lots of cool cars were found during the day, too.

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This van was for a shop that sold “Dojin” goods. Fan-made comics.

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This cool new Suzuki Alto Works was running around, too.

Day 4 was another early day, but definitely saw a lot more cool cars, as we learned to sleep in a bit so as not to catch everything closed.

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Akihabara Station did look cool with few people around, though.

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Saw this nicely modified Crown Wagon. Looks a little like a hearse, though.

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This was a gorgeous Toyota Century, although the wheels were not really to our taste.

They turned Charlotte from Madoka into a trash bin!
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In one of the consignment shops, someone had set up this adorable little Nichijou diorama. I was tempted to purchase them all, but I’m glad I didn’t.
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We stopped for lunch at a sushi-go-round. I ate a lot. Still, sushi is cheap in Japan, so that was significantly less than I’ve paid for sushi in the US.

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This RX-7 was a bit beat up, but still very interesting. Check out the sheer number of people around now that everything is open!

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The Gundam Cafe was open finally, but we didn’t go in.

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There were maids all over the place, attempting to invite foreigners and Japanese to their cafes. This picture looks a little off, because they generally don’t like their pictures taken. (Because they want to sell you a picture of yourself with a maid at the cafe)

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My friend Maurizio is a big Monogatari fan, so displays featuring it always drew him in.

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I don’t exactly look like the main character from Akiba’s Trip 2. (and you can never tell if your face is actually in the hole or not.)

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You don’t exactly see this sort of truck billboard in the US...

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Couldn’t get a good shot, but wasn’t passing up the chance to check out a gen 1 Alcyone!

For an early dinner, we found this little cafe dedicated to a single visual novel called “Maitetsu.” The food was decent, and there were delicious “custom” mixed drinks! (non-alcoholic)

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My friend Maurizio was checking this stuff out, too. I guess they got some of the people who worked on the visual novel to sign the big poster?

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This cool Toyota Sera was covered with the Megpoid called Gumi!
(for a bunch of pictures of this car, click here: )

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This nicely modified Fairlady Roadster was great. The owner was around, and was happy that people were taking an interest.

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And as night began to fall on Day 4, we found this cool little “Live & Bar” not quite open yet.

Stay tuned for the next installment: Day 3/4, Akihabara by Night!

(for the whole trip, check out http://uppermidwest.kinja.com/tag/dogapult-t… )

(for previous installment go here:

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