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Hi-Tech Tokyo

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Tokyo is a sprawling megacity and, like other large cities, can be mad and overwhelming in places but quiet and low-key in others.

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Our hostel is a short walk from the Akihabara district, famed for its hundreds of electrical shops, and as being the centre of otaku (geek/anorak) culture.

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Many Japanese manufacturers have large stores showcasing their products, and yesterday we visited the Sony Building and Yamaha Store in Ginza. The Sony Building has several floors showcasing (and selling) the company's latest products. They let us loose on a brand new camera that isn't in the shops yet, then allowed us to select our favourite shot that was then printed out as a souvenir.

Vending machines are everywhere - you're never more than a minute's walk from one. Despite hearing about some machines dispensing more exotic products, we've only seen those selling drinks and cigarettes. The range of drinks available is quite wide, including carbonated soft drinks, cans of cold coffee (surprisingly tasty) and beer.

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We even dined in a cheap restaurant that dispensed with serving staff altogether by having a machine at the entrance where we selected and paid for our order before picking it up from the kitchen at the rear.

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Our meals arrived stone cold so we may have not pressed the right buttons.

Finally, the toilets are the most technologically advanced that we've seen anywhere.

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Posted by shoestring 20:44 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo shops technology japan akihabara vending machine otaku

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ha ha.... imagine pressing the wrong button while you were still sat on the loo!!! xxx

by Fi

Don't let Beanie loose in the Yamaha store or otherwise you could end up with extra luggage.
I think the toilet technology could be dangerous, geese, you could up blowing yourself up mixing water and electricity. Be careful!!!! xxx

by nessie noodles

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