Akihabara is choke full of PC parts, electronic items, gadgets and all that pleases a real techno geek. You see small stall selling video, hdmi and electronic cables. You’ll see boxes in front of shops filled with electronic stuff that may be worthless for some but a find for another.

On our third day, as we we’re going to the Akihabara Train Station, we saw a shop selling memory cards and USB sticks. It’s a very small shop just outside of the Electric Town exit and Otakus were ogling at his wares. I looked at the prices of the memory cards being offered but noticed that they are in a way cheaper than what i would buy them for in Qatar. I mean, I can buy a 4 GB SD memory card (class 6) in Qatar for 50QR and Akihabara would have them for about 898 Yen (39QR). An 8 GB SD memory card (class 6) would range from 1480 Yen upwards. This would translate to about 65QR. And with so many brands and options to choose from, it might take you some time before you can decide what to get; as seen in the photo below!

Buying a memory card in Akihabara

This is giving me a headache!

In our case, we were more interested with the “Kawaii” stuff that he was selling. “Kawaii” means cute, lovable, and adorable  in Japanese and is used for almost anything that they see is cute. I’ve heard this word almost a hundred times since we arrived 3 days ago! I’ll explain more later. In any case, we saw these Thumbdrives/USB sticks which are encased in “kawaii” forms and shapes. Some were bears, violins, guitars, some simian looking object, jersey shirts, pandas, mouse, bags, cameras and more! These were not like the “humping” dogs from previous post 🙂

Kawaii Memory Sticks n Akihabara

"Kawaii" Memory Sticks n Akihabara

Since Xiane was required a thumb-drive for her laptop in school (yup, their school provides Grade 2 students their own laptops!). We thought of buying her one as I’m sure her classmates would basically have the usual black/gray/silver thumbdrives you usually get in bookstores or electronic shops anywhere. But this is Japan and there is no excuse for not buying “Kawaii” stuff. She had a difficult time picking what she thinks is cute, probably as confused as the man buying the memory card above, that it took her 5 minutes and several discussions with me and her mom what to pick. Eventually, Mavis felt she needed to buy one for herself too! The memory is just 2GB, but would be enough for several documents of just transferring a small number of photos from a PC to another.

Xianelle picking her USB Stick

Xianelle picking her USB Stick

more USB Selections!

more USB Selections!

So this is how we started our 3rd day in Japan! Later on, I’d see more Thumbdrives that would make any Star Wars fan go nuts! I’d have to keep myself from digging into my wallet!



Vendo Machine for your Order

PEPPER LUNCH

Still on our second day, after our trip to Shibuya, we were feeling famished going back to the apartment. Luckily for us, Akihabara is filled with restaurants and didn’t disappoint. We were planning to eat at the Ramen/Sobu shop right next to our building but when we passed by Pepper Lunch, I couldn’t resist but give it a try.

Pepper Lunch in Akihabara

Pepper Lunch in Akihabara

Pepper Lunch, though sounding very western, is actually very Japanese. Their menu consists of prime beef steak cuts that are served to you raw! Don’t worry, the beef is placed on a very hot platter which cooks your beef in minutes. Great concept as you get to watch your beef cook in front of your eyes!

Xianelle's Choice at Pepper Lunch

Xianelle’s Choice at Pepper Lunch

The Pepper Lunch on the corner of Akihabara is quite small and would only probably seat 14 people around its bar. A Vendo machine is placed on the left side just as you enter the door. The vendo machine is where you get your menu and where you place your order. You place your money on the vendo, press the button of your choice and it spits out a small paper which you give to the person at the counter. Depending on the order, the person would ask you if you want your rice to be big or medium. In our case, Xiane picked an order with thinly sliced beef and rice and corn. Mavis ordered us Hamburger steak with the option of getting our choice of rice size. Of course, we ordered the big sized rice bowl!

Enjoying the Food at Pepper Lunch

Enjoying the Food at Pepper Lunch

Mavis didn’t really know that what she ordered for us was Hamburger steak. The thing is, as people not knowing Japanese, your only point of reference to the food you are ordering on the menu are the small pictures placed on the vendo machine. Once she was handed her plate, she was already ready to be disappointed as she didn’t really like Hamburger steaks. However, after bite, she completely fell in love with it. Oishi! She now insists that we have to eat there again. Xiane also loved her food, which was good for us, as children can be quite picky. The only problem with Pepper Lunch is that since food is cooked a grilled plate, you end up smelling like your food once you leave. My advice, better eat here when it’s dinner and on your way home unless you don’t mind the smell of tasty beef clinging to your clothes.

Our premium Hamburger Steak at Pepper Lunch. OISHI!

Our premium Hamburger Steak at Pepper Lunch. OISHI!

I’m sure we’ll be back at Pepper Lunch again this week!



Shibuya Crossing
We got back to the apartment by 3:45  PM. to get some needed rest as our feet were already aching. Setting off again at 4:45, braving the rush hour, we arrived in Shibuya at 5:30. Almost unbelievable! So many people! For any tourist going to Shibuya, a visit to Hachiko is a must.

A Date with Hachiko

A Date with Hachiko

Hachiko is an Akita dog who gained fame and admiration for his loyalty to his master. He used to greet his master from the Shibuya station after a day’s work till his owner’s untimely death in 1925. Hachiko still went to the train station every day to wait for his master till he died 10 years later. They made him a statue in Shibuya. His stuffed and mounted remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo. We’ll be visiting that museum next week!

Disney Store in Shibuya

Disney Store in Shibuya
We also got our Disney Passports/tickets in Disneyland’s store in Shibuya. This is what we mainly came here for tonight as it is easier to get tickets here than line up at Disneyland itself.

Tokyu Hands in Shibuya

Tokyu Hands in Shibuya

After a short stop, due to aching feet, we made our way to Tokyu Hands. Tokyu Hands is a 7 floor building in Shibuya where you can buy stuff. When I say stuff, it means items that you need at home and those which you do not. It is filled with items ranging from Hobby Toys (7th floor), Kitchen Items, Art, Toys, Beds and lines, cosmetics to DIY Woodworking and Home Fixtures. Some interesting finds: Star Wars Chopsticks, Elephant Dung Notebooks, Takoyaki Machines (though 100V only), Naughty USB humping Dogs, a Lego Digital Camera, and delicious Ham and Eggs iPhone covers.

Star Wars Chopsticks

Star Wars Chopsticks

Elephant Dung Notebook

Elephant Dung Notebook

Ham and Bacon iPhone Cover

Ham and Bacon iPhone Cover

USB Humping Dogs

USB Humping Dogs

Lego Digital Camera

Lego Digital Camera

Mavis bought a 1400Yen Garlic cutter, some Origami art paper for Xiane, Fabric paints, scrap booking stickers, and neck strap for our Kodak Playsport Video Camera (very convenient!) and bath salts while I bought myself a plastic case for my small figures for about 1400++ Yen. I was looking at their Gundam models but it I think Yodobashi has a bigger selection. Our overall haul in Tokyu Hands was about 8500 Yen. Sigh 🙁 Not a good way to budget. Do avoid Tokyu hands at all cost if you have a tight budget! I wonder what Daiso, the 100 Yen shop, has in store for us?

With aching feet and tired bodies, we crawled our way back to Shibuya Station to go back to our apartment.

More Photos here!



Tokyo, Japan 2010 Trip

This is our blog of our 14-day trip to Tokyo, Japan! Itineraries, budget, where to go, what to see and what to do!

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