|A typical lunch from the cafeteria at IBU|
|I took this picture after I had been screwing with the tilt-shift|
function on my camera. I guess it still looks pretty cool.
|It's a pretty cool looking place, though.|
Just a short walk north, and we were in Nipponbashi, AKA Den-Den Town.
Supposedly the sister town to Akihabara, This street was one of my favorite places in Japan. Stacey had seen a CD shop the first time we came here as a group, and she wanted to go browse their wares.
It was a cool store, but the clerk said I couldn't take any pictures. So, I took one from the outside. The store was full of foreign music and Japanese music alike. I think it was mostly centered around western music, though. There were Beatles and Rolling Stones LPs hanging on the walls.
We headed back onto the main street, where there was another CD store.
I had given up at trying to openly take pictures inside stores, so I was doing it covertly.
This place, called "Game Detectives," was right across the street from Super Potato, and it was heavily focused on older games, unlike Super Potato, which had all manner of new and old games. Not only was their selection of old games more thorough, they had lots of weird merchandise, like old video game-related books and magazines. Their prices were better, too.
It was that depressing time of night, between 6:00 and 8:00, when begin to close up. We stopped by this small shop across the street. One of my favorite shops, it had lots of heavily-discounted second-hand otaku goods.
|There were a few shops like this, but this was probably the best of them.|
It was getting late, and staying out much later would have been a bad idea, especially considering our proximity to the "bad side of town." Sean had shown up, just in time.
We decided that we would walk back to Abenobashi, since it was so close. It wasn't really worth the effort to find the station and change trains after only one or two minutes. Along the way, we ran into this cool art on a wall.
But that wasn't the only kind of cool art on the wall.
We stopped by a 7-Eleven, where I took a picture of this lovely Engrish.
|much words. such doge. wow.|
I admit, it was a little scary. but it wasn't long before we got back to the familiar territory that is Abenobashi.
I took a few more pictures as we walked, but we weren't stopping until we got home.
More than ever before, I understood how early everything closes in Japan. It was only about 8:00, but the streets were empty, and many of the shops were closed. It felt like midnight. Next time, I would have to come earlier.