秋葉原に行ったTokyo-Society & Culture, Fall 2009
The IES classes here all have field trips to culturally significant locations around Tokyo that are relevant to the course material. For example, the politics class has a trip on Friday to the controversial Yasiuune Shrine. One of my classes – AN343: The Fantastic World of Anime and Manga – went to anime and manga heaven, Akihabara. Originally, Akihabara was where people went to get radios – the only source of updated information in the confusion right after the end of World War II. Over time, it evolved into a place for all sorts of hobbyists to buy what they need. Today, you can find anime and manga megastores, maid cafés all kinds of electronics – from the latest gee-whiz gadget to antique radio parts and everything in between – and lots of duty-free shops.
Our assignment was to explore the area a little and do some people watching. What are people wearing? Where are they going? Are they together in groups or shopping on their own? It was a little sociological experiment in one of the most interesting areas of Tokyo.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to really capture the hustle and bustle of such a lively area of the city, but I hope these pictures give you an idea. It’s a really exciting area, I hope you have time to explore it if you ever visit Tokyo!
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