• Visiting crap gadget maker Thanko in Tokyo (photo gallery)

    For a geek, living in Tokyo has many advantages. Being tempted to go check if infamous crap gadget vendor and USB specialist Thanko is for real, isn’t one of them. But I finally went to Akihabara, the world’s geek heaven in the center of Tokyo to find answers. And the rumors are true, Thanko does exist. Read More

  • Looking to sell your 1.25GHz Power Mac G4?

    Have an old Power Mac G4 lying around the house? Read More

  • Watch Augmented Reality figure Cyber Maid Alice in action (2 videos)

    I was invited to a gadget geek/IT entrepreneur/web industry last week and had the chance to meet some of the Japanese rock stars in this area, for example Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the guy who made Sega Rally and Rez. The CEO of Geisha Entertainment Tokyo [JP] was also present and personally delivered a demonstration of his company’s flagship product, Cybermaid Alice. Read More

  • Oh no! The awesome stores of Akihabara are dying off

    When I was in Japan, I of course made a point of visiting the Akihabara district of Tokyo. The sheer volume of stores was staggering, and many of them, like the monolithic Tsukomo, were seven or eight stories tall. Having a store footprint of only perhaps a Subway and catering to the tastes of the most desperate of computer otaku, the multiple levels were necessary.But the clientele is… Read More

  • Lonely? Try fondling Augmented Reality Cyber Maid Alice

    Augmented reality (AR), the combination of virtual worlds and reality, is a cool concept that leads to useful applications in navigation systems, medicine, architecture and many other fields. Geisha Tokyo Entertainment Inc. [JP] now found a way to help all single otaku overcome their problems in finding a real girl friend. Their alternative to heal loneliness 2.0 is called “Dennou… Read More

  • Current top 10 of Akihabara's most expensive retro games (photo report)

    Here are the top 10 of the most expensive retro games currently sold in Tokyo’s Akihabara district (based on my research in about 10 stores). I took the picture above in the place I love the most on this earth, the Super Potato used game store in the heart of Akihabara. Believe it or not, I didn’t see anything cool gear-wise so this list must do as a “live” report from… Read More

  • Boot camp café for obedient geeks in Akihabara

    Japanese Otaku love to relieve stress in “Maid Cafés,” where they usually are treated like kings by (mostly) cute and extra-submissive J-girls. For an extra fee, it is even possible to lay your head on a maiden’s lap for a few minutes and ask why it seems impossible for you to get laid. Now, all geeks preferring the opposite side of the continuum are served with the opening of… Read More