The Famicom claw game: yet another reason to go to Japan

Need yet another reason to go to Akihabara? Check out the Famicom claw machine. For a mere ¥100 (about $1.10) you can take your chance and try and win a cartridge. Of course, you could probably pick

Photo report: CrunchGear digs up Akihabara's top 10 expensive classic games

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/games_akihabara-620x467.png" /> Nearly two years have passed since <a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/07/05/current-top-10-of-akiha

Photo report: CrunchGear visits the Gundam Cafe in Akihabara (sort of)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/gundam_1.jpg" /> I went to the world's geek paradise, the Akihabara district in Tokyo, today to get lunch in the new <a href="http://g-c

CrunchGear visits the Tsukumo Robot Kingdom in Akihabara (photo report)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/tsukumo_1-620x483.png" /> It's been over four months since I last paid a visit to a robot store in Akihabara/Tokyo, namely the <a href="

CGM Night: CrunchGear visits Otaku party in Tokyo (photo report)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/group_cameras-620x465.jpg" /> Being based in Tokyo has its advantages, and one of them is being close to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.or

Robot maker Vstone rolls out three mini humanoids

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/robovie_x-620x464.jpg" /> We just recently visited Japanese robot maker <a href="http://www.vstone.co.jp/e/etop.html">Vstone</a>'s <a hr

CrunchGear visits top robot store Vstone in Akihabara (photo report)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/vstone_1.jpg" /> We've covered robots from Japan-based robot developer and retail store <a href="http://www.vstone.co.jp/e/etop.html">Vs

Japan's Red Cross uses Augmented Reality to get geeks to donate blood (video)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/DigitalSignage_japan.jpg" /> This is one of the reasons why I live in Japan and nowhere else: In order to get more people to donate blood

CrunchGear visits Thanko's new USB flagship store in Akihabara (photo report)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/thanko_1.jpg" /> USB-powered <a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/04/14/thanko-presents-usb-video-necktie-with-built-in-spy-camera/">

Visiting crap gadget maker Thanko in Tokyo (photo gallery)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/thanko_store_1-620x463.jpg" /> For a geek, living in Tokyo has many advantages. Being tempted to go check if infamous <a href="http://se

Looking to sell your 1.25GHz Power Mac G4?

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/imgp0326-2.jpg" alt="" />Have an old Power Mac G4 lying around the house?

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

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/augmented_reality_alice.jpg" /> I was invited to a gadget geek/IT entrepreneur/web industry last week and had the chance to meet some of

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

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 T

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 mos

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 la