Beer, Guns Combined to Predictably Awesome Effect at Tokyo's Hollow…

Tucked away in a basement in Roppongi (easily the sleaziest neighborhood I went to in Tokyo, as it's the one that caters to foreigners) lies Hollow Point, a bar with a twist. Sure, you can get drinks and bar food here, but down at the end of the narrow space is a shooting gallery. You can rent any number of… » 11/02/07 1:00pm 11/02/07 1:00pm

Initial D Takes Arcade Driving Sims to the Next Level

At the Sega Joypolis, a 3-story arcade and amusement park at Tokyo Decks Beach (the same place as Muscle Park), they have a gigantic setup of the Initial D racing game. What makes this arcade driving setup different and much, much better than any other? The fact that you ride in real cars while you play. Yes, you get… » 10/31/07 12:15pm 10/31/07 12:15pm

Giz Writer Shown Who's Boss at Muscle Park in Tokyo

Located on the 5th floor of Decks Tokyo Beach in Odaiba, Muscle Park is a really strange place. It's kind of like a theme park, but all of the things you can do are physical challenges. There's a push up contest, some pitching games, soccer ball kicking accuracy games, and things of that nature. The attraction that… » 10/30/07 12:15pm 10/30/07 12:15pm

Glass-Bottomed Car in the World's Highest Ferris Wheel Creates Fears of…

The Odaiba Ferris Wheel in Tokyo is the tallest in the world, bringing riders up to a height of 377 feet at its zenith. We went on it and, stupidly, decided to ride in one of the 4 glass-bottomed cars on it. It was basically the scariest thing ever. We were level with the surrounding skyscrapers at the top of it, and… » 10/29/07 12:30pm 10/29/07 12:30pm

Spy Shop Has Everything the Sneaky High-Tech Sleazeball Needs

In one Akihabara shop, we found a pretty sizable collection of spy equipment. From cellphone jammers and bug finders to hidden cameras and microphones, everything you could possibly need to find out just who this guy is who thinks he can date your ex-wife is available. The most interesting were probably the hidden… » 10/26/07 1:00pm 10/26/07 1:00pm

Awesome Robotics Shop is Hidden Above a Regular Electronics Store in…

On the fifth floor of an otherwise unassuming electronics shop on a side street in Akihabara hides a store dedicated exclusively to robots. You can get everything from fully built (and very expensive) robots to DIY model kits to parts to build your own robot from scratch. It's a robotics geek's paradise, tucked away,… » 10/26/07 11:00am 10/26/07 11:00am

'Antique' Gadget Sellers Market Features Amazingly Rare Tech

Some of the coolest stuff in Akihabara wasn't the newest or flashiest, but the oldest. Take this market we discovered up a set of back stairs near the train station. It's full of clear boxes that sellers can rent out. They then price their goods, stick them in, and wait for the buyers to come. It's loaded with… » 10/25/07 1:00pm 10/25/07 1:00pm

Giz Tokyo Meetup Puts Too Many Drunk Geeks in One Place

Last night was the Gizmodo Tokyo meetup, and it was a smashing success. Beers were drank, chicken was consumed, and gadgets were passed around. The turnout was awesome, with over a dozen local geeks and masters of industry showing up to talk shop and talk things that were not so shop. It was a total blast. We even had… » 10/25/07 11:00am 10/25/07 11:00am

Game Bank is Your One-Stop Shop for Chinese Videogame Knockoffs

Game Bank is a small, crowded shop in Akihabara that sells video game equipment. But you won't find any PS3s or Xbox 360s here. No, it specializes in Chinese knockoffs. So if you're looking for a Dr. Boy, an XB 360, a TriStar 64, or accessories for your Nintendo Wü, this is the place to come. It also had piles of red… » 10/24/07 2:00pm 10/24/07 2:00pm

Akihabara's U&J Macs is a Museum to, and Graveyard of, Old Macs

U&J Macs is a small Mac store in Akihabara that's practically a museum to old Apple computers. It's got loads of old iMacs and old G4 towers, as well as tons of old PowerBooks. And if you already have an old Mac that you're trying to keep up to date, there are bins upon bins of "Junk," or spare parts from any number… » 10/24/07 11:00am 10/24/07 11:00am

Hands On the USB Microscope at Akihabara's Thanko Shop

I got a tour of Akihabara by the wonderful people who work at Gizmodo Japan yesterday, and it was awesome. One of the first places we went was the Thanko store. Yes, the Thanko, makers of USB gadgets as dumb as they are impractical. Above, you can see me putting their USB microscope to the test in disgusting fashion,… » 10/23/07 1:00pm 10/23/07 1:00pm

The KDDI Design Center's Futuristic Concept Phones and Less Impressive…

In Harajuku, near the bridge that all the socially awkward cosplay teenagers hang out on on Sundays, is the KDDI Design Center, a temple dedicated to Japanese phones. Inside they've got all of this year's KDDI phone models, a display on futuristic phone concepts, and every phone offered by the Japanese carrier on… » 10/23/07 11:00am 10/23/07 11:00am

Come Hang Out at the Tokyo Gizmodo Meetup!

So as you may or may not be aware, I'm in Japan. Tokyo, to be exact. And while I'm here, I'd love to meet up with any readers who live here and want to hang out. So! Tomorrow night, Wednesday, at 7:30, there's gonna be a Gizmodo meetup at Toriyoshi in Shibuya. So if you're here, I'd love to meet you. I think. Don't… » 10/22/07 10:40pm 10/22/07 10:40pm

The Sony Building in Ginza is a Museum of All Things Sony, Except the…

The Sony Building in Ginza stands tall just off the main department-store strip in the neighborhood, featuring a multi-story showroom of all things Sony. They're showing off their latest and greatest tech, such as their super-thin, 8-inch XEL-1 OLED TVs and the Rolly speaker, as well as pretty much everything else… » 10/22/07 2:00pm 10/22/07 2:00pm

Ginza's Apple Store and the Buttonless Elevator

The Apple store in Ginza, an upscale shopping neighborhood in Tokyo, is the first Apple store to have opened outside of the US. While most Apple stores are pretty similar, with their long, blonde-wood tables filled with toys for people to play around with, some of the flagship stores have little things that make them… » 10/22/07 11:00am 10/22/07 11:00am

Auto-Ramen Restaurants are a Traveler's Best Friend

Traveling in Japan without speaking any Japanese is surprisingly easy, thanks in part to many bilingual signs, an amazing train system and friendly people, but also because of one of my favorite discoveries here: auto-ramen restaurants. These are different than buying ramen from a vending machine, which, while… » 10/18/07 2:00pm 10/18/07 2:00pm

Kyoto Station is the Ultramodern Heart of Kyoto

Kyoto Station is one of the most impressive buildings I've seen here in Japan, or anywhere for that matter. Standing in stark contrast to the ancient temples the city is known for, this marvel of modern architecture is currently celebrating only its 10th anniversary. Featuring an open-air design that allows the breeze… » 10/18/07 11:00am 10/18/07 11:00am

Air Guitar Gadgets Aren't as Cool as Real Guitars, Somehow

In Den Den Town in Osaka, Bashcraft and I found a table with a bunch of air guitar gadgets at the front of an electronics store. What are air guitar gadgets, you ask? They're stupid little devices that make noise when you pretend to play guitar, making you look like a total jackass. Or me look like a total jackass,… » 10/17/07 4:00pm 10/17/07 4:00pm