Today we once more took to the Railways, which we are now veterans of (ish), and made our way to Akiajbara– known on English speaking maps and tour guides as “Electric Town”, with Satoko.

Incidently, if you ever go to Japan the easiest way to use the trains and busses is by getting a “pasmo” card which is like a credit card you can top up and just swipe at the gates of trains or on the busses (like the oyster card you get in london i think?)- so much simpler!  While I’m talking about trains- it is true that Japanese people will sleep wherever- especially on public transport- i managed to grab this sneaky voyeur shot today…

japanese people sleeping on the trains..

japanese people sleeping on the trains..

Anyway- so electric town was awesome, to any one who has geeky ways like myself and probably most the people who know us well enough to be reading this.  Outside the big stores, in the streets, its like some kind of bazaar- like the kind of thing you would see in egypt with people shouting everywhere trying to sell you rugs and fish, only in electric town everything they are trying to sell is technology based- either some kind of computer or a phone or a phone with a computer in it (or more likly a phone with a tv in it- EVERY phone in Japan has built in TV- infact almost everything which is connected to a power source in some kind of remote way has some kind of built in TV– in cars, on fridges and even in the shower/bath!).

crazy smile detecting cameras

crazy smile detecting cameras

All the big shops are like 7-9 floors, absolutely packed with anything even remotely technology based- a floor of computers and laptops, another floor with racks the length of like 3 buses end to end full of just keyboards, one with mice etc etc- it’s almost too much, even for me to maintain interest in (theres only so many wacky styled keyboards you can look at before your attention starts to wonder…)  Further up are cameras, automatic telescopes, automated robot hoovers (seriously!), diamond coated rice cookers, tv enabled fridges, computer games, tamgochi’s– everything.  Looking down the isles of the big store’s is just a mass of colourful banners, with the sales people leaning out in to the walk way shouting deals over megaphones or over PA systems– it’s mad.

Electric town computer store

Electric town computer store

They had some really cool, absolutly tiny laptops- prices are less than the UK, however they all have the japanese keyboard layout; this isnt massivly different to ours (I’m using one now!) but there are a fair few jap-specific buttons.

there was also a lot of components on display like new motherboards, swanky new cooling systems and cases and a big display speaking about cat7 cabling which allows network speeds of 10 Gigabits- 10 times faster than the brand new network we’re installing at graffham at the moment…

So after Akiajbara we headed over to Ginza, which is the posh bt of Tokyo and home to “The Sony Building!”–

The Sony Building

The Sony Building

Ah- but before i talk about that- i almost forgot to mention crazy Japanese toilets!  We popped into McDonalds for a “McShitter” and we’re pleasantly suprised to find the most technologically advanced toilet i’ve yet to see- it was a “Shower Toilet”… infact no- this is good enough to warrant it’s own post- read about it here.

Ok so like i was saying- “The Sony Building”.  This has a swanky show room with all their cutting edge products- special cameras which automatically recognise if you’re smiling and then take the photo and of course, Playstation 3’s!  They also have musical stairs leading up from the subway (like in the Tom Hanks film, Big).

Satoko had to work today at 3 so left us before we went to Ginza, so we had to make our own way home (a couple of train changes and a bus ride) but we made it back like pro’s.  So anyway- its 35 minutes past midnight here now so we’re off to bed!

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