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Houses in Akihabara for Otaku

Otaku is derived from a Japanese term for another’s house or family, which is also used as an honorific second-person pronoun. However, Otaku is also the term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly to anime and manga. And most of otaku electronic gadgets are found in Akihabara.  Akihabara is a place in Japan which is also called as Akihabara Electric Town for others. Located five minutes by rail from Tokyo Station, Living in an apartment here in Tokyo means you next to a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods, including new and used items. It is a popular destination for electrical supplies. Reaching Akihabara, it is modern facility with sky scrapers. All you have to do in Akihabara is to shop… shop… and shop.
Akihabara is also called “Akiba” after a former local shrine located in central Tokyo. It has been famous for its electronics shops. It became the center of Japan’s otaku (diehard fan) culture.  There are thousands of wholesaler or retailer stores in the area. They sell all kind of technological gadgets including household electrical goods such as washer, TV, vacuum or leisure and entertainment gadgets. Also available are electronic components of various functions or sizes, even up to the least microscopic components like transistors and capacitors. Actually, all electronic equipments can be found in Akihabara.  It is also crowded with arcade machines and arcade gamers. For those who are fan of Japanese anime, manga or comic, this is the right place for you. This is the place where technology and obsession meet and given satisfaction. Food in Akihabara is also expensive. The menu is accompanied with drinks, dessert, and your choice of either playing a board game with prizes.
Akihabara has also been undergoing some major changes and redevelopment with the addition of the Akihabara Crossfield complex designed to promote Akihabara as a prime destination and center for global electronics technology and trade. It has a bit of everything.  This is the place where you could buy electronics of all sorts; play with your favorite pet while having your coffee. This is the place where youngsters come together to buy special things they want to experience with electronics, games and cards.  After the tour, you can shop for some souvenirs items too like key chain, t-shirt, Japanese dolls, sake glass, kimono and Japanese snacks. I guess, Akihabara is just a one- stop shopping destination for the electronic craze and games wizards.

Japanese Companies’ Dormitory

With Tokyo’s high cost of housing, dormitories offer low rents which is good for employees. The accommodations are relatively small but modest enough to accommodate a single occupancy. However in some instances, some employees shares only one room. Once married, the occupant may transfer to subsidized family housing. The only disadvantage of the dorms is that, they are located farther in the city. A company dorm is usually given to long-time company employees. This is sometimes given as reward for valued employees who did not rise to senior management with a few additional years on the company payroll beyond the mandatory retirement age.
At the dorm’s entrance, there is a caretaker window where you could receive mail, pick up dry cleaning, and other services. The names of the occupants are listed in a board with the name plate for each person opposite to their room number assigned. The red side would mean the occupant is out and the green side would mean the occupant is in. Each occupant is also giving a shoe box area where thy kept their shoes and slippers in. In Japan, shoes should only be worn outside the dormitory and slippers should be worn inside the dorm. Just a tip for visitors who come to Japan, a step up is usually a signal that you need to take off your shoes. The entrance or “genkan” is always a step or two lower than the floor of the house.
The dorm had no cafeteria, but it had a kitchen and a TV room. Each floor had a large common bathroom. Like a Japanese-style inn, the shower and o-furo (bath), is located in the first floor. It is communal; about two feet deep so that you could sit in it neck deep and soak. Men and women have separate baths. To foreigners, it is difficult to share the bath with others naked.  Eventually, foreigners would soon love the o-furo, or the sento (public bath) and onsen (hot spring bath) as much as the Japanese do.
Dormitories had curfew time usually around 11:00 pm. By this time, the front gate closed and the door is locked. However, the back door is left unlocked all night. This is the perfect example of the Japanese concepts of honne (true feeling/intention) and tatemae (a person’s facade). The front door is the tatemae that said everyone had to be home by 11:00 pm or suffer the consequences. The back door was the honne that recognized that the occupants are old enough to take care of themselves.