Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessNear a highway, a few hundred feet from the biggest electronics building in Tokyo's Akihabara district, sits a tiny mecca for gadget geeks. The orange store belongs to Thanko, masters of weird USB devices, and it is their first of 4 shops. The blinking raremonoshop sign tickled my eyeballs, but my geek lust was triggered in full by the wall flyers for odd gadgets printed on top of a mosaic of origami paper. Inside, I found it a bit like the best of Gizmodo's Japan blog pages splattered into a retail space, complete with instructional placards and demo stations. They were all here. The USB heated mittens, the USB lock, the USB microscope, the USB neck tie cooler, to name a few. My purchasing restraint fell, and my credit card did not remain sheathed during this visit. Here's a map to the store if you would like to pay homage to the USB gadget gods. Special thanks to Gizmodo.jp for leading me to the treasure trove.

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS

Visiting Thanko's Tokyo Mecca of USB WeirdnessS