Childhood Nostalgia in Akihabara & Pokemon Center

TV Cartoons were basically my life when I was younger. My taste would constantly differ every year. I would watch everything: from Western cartoons such as Spongebob Squarements to an assortment of Japanese animes such as Pokemon, Doraemon and Detective Conan.

I love them all, even up to this day I would watch anime when I procrastinate. But nothing could compare my love to Pokemon. I played Pokemon games in Gameboy and some in DS, with Gameboy remaining as my firm favorite. I remember training all my Pokemon until they reached level 100 and giving them berries to prepare them for contests. Of course, I have also watched the anime and did not miss out on any movies.

So,  Pokemon Center was definitely top of my list.Nobody would accompany me to my visit in Pokemon Center so it was only I who basked on the glory of the Pokemon Center.

Pokemon Center is easy to find. It is on the second floor of  Shiodome Shibarikyu Building , just minutes away from JR Hamamatsucho Station.

IMG_0419I’m pretty sure I was not the only who was the singing the Pokemon theme song on my head. Gotta catch them all!IMG_0421IMG_0424IMG_0423IMG_0426You can literally find every Pokemon merchandise in there! It was glorious for every Pokemon lovers, regardless of age. There are figurines, plushies, cards, and even snacks with Pokemon logos. The toys range from old school favorites such as Charizard and Pikachu ( of course) to newer versions such Turtwig.IMG_0431IMG_0428IMG_0430There were even arcade games!IMG_0434IMG_0433IMG_0432IMG_0435For some load of anime, the best place to go to is Akihabara. Once again, I did not have much time to explore this area. Aside from being famous for its electronic shops, Akihabara is also best-known for being center of otaku subculture.IMG_1008IMG_1007Akihabara is sprawled with shops that sell all sorts of anime and manga goods. It is quite fantastic browsing through several DVD stores and rummaging through piles of comic books. Lots of specialty cafes can also be found in here such as the Gundam Cafe and several maid cafes.IMG_0987IMG_0988IMG_0989One of the interesting places I have gone to is a maid cafe. A maid cafe is where girls dressed as French maids serve food, dote on you and say cute things. I found this really cute but expensive. The food was ok but if you want to take photos with them, you have to pay at least $5. You are also not allowed to take photos of them even when you see them outside the premises.IMG_0976IMG_0978But, it was a good experience. Apparently, they also let you become a “king”. You get to have a crown plus all the maids would dote on you.IMG_0994IMG_0995IMG_0996IMG_0997IMG_0998IMG_0999Akihabara is a great place to spend the day and you would need lots of time to explore most shops. If I would visit again, I would definitely spend more time in here and probably hoard some cool Naruto stuff in addition to playing in the arcades.

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