Sunday, 23 March 2008

Nakano Broadway

First mistake. Gf asked where I wanted to go today. I said Nakano Broadway.

For those that don't know, Akihabara isn't the only sanctuary for geeks.

Nakano is probably more so, because as Akihabara's popularity and maybe coolness rises, the outcasts have to make their place somewhere to call their own.

While Akky is convenient for computer products, Nakano has a large selection of manga and a heap of figurines.

If you weren't looking for it, you'd probably miss it.

To get to Nakano Broadway, you have to make your way from the station down an avenue of shops, with a partial transparent ceiling. It reminds me of the same types of avenues in Osaka and Hiroshima.

If you keep going you'll see the Nakano Broadway complex, with the name in shiny chrome.

Once inside, just go up the escalator to the next floors and you'll find a maze of shops. Some specializing in manga, others in doll figures and computer games. Probably pointless to mention but yes, I enjoyed it A LOT. The gf, not so much.