'Gacha gacha' machines not just for kids anymore

Aug 14, 2014

'Gacha gacha' machines not just for kids anymore

by Asako Takaguchi

Among the wide array of vending machines peddling items from the everyday to the obscure, one staple in Japan is the toy-dispensing “gacha gacha,” which is named after the handle-turning noise that precedes the release of the plastic capsule. While the majority of gacha ...

Legendary Akihabara Radio Store closing its doors after six decades

Nov 25, 2013

Legendary Akihabara Radio Store closing its doors after six decades

The Akihabara Radio Store, the shopping center of small merchants that pioneered the development of Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood as the world’s largest commercial district for electronics, will be open for the last time this Saturday. Facing a decline in customers, the owners decided last ...

Six injured by damaged Akihabara escalator

Apr 25, 2013

Six injured by damaged Akihabara escalator

Six people were injured when their hands got caught in a damaged escalator at JR Akihabara Station in Tokyo on Wednesday, police said. At around 9:25 a.m., three men and three women got their hands pinched between the escalator’s handrail and a 50-cm-long metal ...