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Akihabara: touring Tokyo’s geek mecca

Asher Moses writes: "Just metres away, swarms of nubile young ladies dressed in maid outfits beckon passers-by into a plethora of “maid cafes”, while a cutesy girl dressed in a miniskirt police uniform hands out flyers for a new massage parlour, Action! Akiba Fumimomi Police. Stressed workers can come to escape the daily grind while lying in the laps of one of these costumed beauties, submitting to anything from “basic punishment” to “jail sentence”.

Welcome to Akihabara, the nerd mecca of Tokyo that has become a ghetto for the “otaku” - a slang word used to describe people who are obsessed with anime (Japanese cartoons), manga (Japanese comics), video games and electronics."

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