is well-known throughout the world as the center of retail electronics
in Tokyo. I've occasionally sent computer parts seekers a map
here, a website there, and "Look for the side street after the bank"
type of instructions, and now I'm finally putting something
on-line. This page is by no means comprehensive and is meant
simply to point out a few shops that I've found to be useful and also
to give those who haven't been to Akihabara some slight idea of what it
Left below - Plat'Home
on white sign on the building on the right side of the picture) used to
be there - like in the photo, but has since closed and is only an
on-line business now (so far as I know anyway - if you have information
to the contrary, please let me know!)
The following text from a couple of years ago I was going to integrate into this, then I was going to just delete it, and finally I've decided to put it here at the bottom, as there's some 2003 ambiance between the lines....
I worked for a little over a year just a seven minute walk away from this scene [photo at top of page]. I used to walk through here once or twice a week (and another less photographic street even more often [Used Alley]) and buy computers, computer parts, and electronic odds and ends - including an 85Wx2 stereo amplifier for Y6,000 (around $50.00). It's addictive when you like machines... you walk by all the shops and something catches your attention. I once bought this huge and very heavy hard drive unit from about 1997 for Y100 (just under $1). It was well worth that for the fun of tearing it apart (I wrote about that one in an LL) and now I have a couple of interesting paperweights from parts I pulled out of it [a couple of which are in "Parts & Condensation", that multi-platter hard drive in the picture comes to a grand total of 40MB!].
Now - fortunately I think - I don't work so near to Akihabara, so I haven't been buying computer parts for... months (gasp!). I did go by the same week I took this photo though to pick up a "smart media" flash memory card, and that's when I took this photo. I have a 512MB compact flash card in one camera and I see that there are 1GB compact flash cards now! Who needs a 1GB micro-drive HDD when you can get the same thing as flash memory! See? There I go... just having a look at computer parts makes me want to acquire them and put them to work for me.... (2003 - LHS)
Copyright 2003 & 2005 - Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass, Tokyo