Before Neon Lights: What Tokyo's Akihabara Geek District Looked Like 50 …

Before Tokyo's Akihabara geek district was laced with neon, it looked like this photo taken circa 1950 which I saw on my recent trip. Despite the cow in the photo, even around this time, gadgets were a part of the trade. (Although as the ads below show, phonographs and vacuum tube radios made up some of the choices.)… » 11/05/08 7:20am 11/05/08 7:20am

Tour Tokyo's Tech Paradise, Now On Google Street View

Google's dutiful camera vans have finished canvassing Tokyo, which means today you can now tour some of the world's most geek-friendly real estate in "electric town" Akihabara without the 14 hour plane flight. The folks at Mars Mag have put together a tour of some of their favorite Linux Maid Cafes, Dream PC builders,… » 8/06/08 9:00am 8/06/08 9:00am

Update: Japanese News Broadcast of Akihabara Killing Spree

Even if you don't speak a word of Japanese, there's a lot of intensity and information to be had in this newscast of the tragic Akihabara killings last Sunday. I'd just offer up a word of warning before you hit play, as there's graphic material found throughout the clip. » 6/15/08 5:30pm 6/15/08 5:30pm