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Jargon Watch – Akiba-kei

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Akiba-kei – A Japanese word meaning related to Akihabara. Akihabara or ‘Electric Town’ was the place where you could go to get everything from electronic components to new and vintage devices. The electronic component shops inspired generations of budding engineers that went on to work for the likes of Sony and Panasonic.

Vintage gadgets were available from high end hi-fi to games consoles.

In more recent times it has also evolved to cater for fans of Japanese technology with a raft of computer stores and service providers.

It is also becoming known for catering to other geek consumer tastes including anime, manga and cosplay – think a cuter version of a Star Trek convention. Whether you like anime, manga or dressing up as your favourite character Akiba-kei has something to offer.

Finally there is the maid culture, which is kind of like a fancy dress tea house, often with a specific theme related to anime or manga related culture.

Thanks to Peter Payne and the J-Box newsletter. More Japan related topics here.