Akihabara, Nerd's Paradise

Interview

Friday, August 30, 2013

Roland Kelts, an expert in Japanese pop culture, takes Kurt Andersen to Akihabara, a retail paradise for otaku — obsessive fans of manga and other Japanese culture. But a recent tragedy casts a shadow over the fun and games.

→ See a video and a slideshow of Kurt and Roland's visit to Akihabara below

(Originally aired: February 6, 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Kurt Andersen Geeks Out in Akihabara

 

Slideshow: Kurt and Roland in Akihabara

Kurt and Roland spot a young woman advertising a nearby maid cafe.
Jenny Lawton

Kurt and Roland spot a young woman advertising a nearby maid cafe.

The streets of Akihabara &mdash nicknamed Electric Town — are lined with shops selling consumer electronics, computer components, anime and otaku goods.
Jenny Lawton

The streets of Akihabara — nicknamed Electric Town — are lined with shops selling consumer electronics, computer components, anime and otaku goods.

The Dollfie is a customizable hybrid of a fashion doll and an action figure. The figurine comes unpainted, allowing the owner to customize it with paint, costumes, and accessories.
Jenny Lawton

The Dollfie is a customizable hybrid of a fashion doll and an action figure. The figurine comes unpainted, allowing the owner to customize it with paint, costumes, and accessories.

Dollfie hobbyists can pick out every detail of their figurine — right up to the eyeballs.
Jenny Lawton

Dollfie hobbyists can pick out every detail of their figurine — right up to the eyeballs.

And what figurine would be complete without custom furniture?
Jenny Lawton

And what figurine would be complete without custom furniture?

Costumes available for purchase in an Akihabara shop. Dressing up as manga and anime characters, or “cosplay,” is another wildly popular hobby in Japan that has spread to the West.
Jenny Lawton

Costumes available for purchase in an Akihabara shop. Dressing up as manga and anime characters, or “cosplay,” is another wildly popular hobby in Japan that has spread to the West.

Guests:

Roland Kelts

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