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TOKYO REALTIME audio guided tours reveal new sides to Tokyo’s most interesting neighborhoods. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel to Japan, we've made this project free thanks to the sponsorship of White Rabbit Express and Blackship. We hope you'll find these imaginative experiences of Tokyo informative and entertaining.
TOKYO REALTIME audio guided tours reveal new sides to Tokyo’s most interesting neighborhoods. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel to Japan, we've made this project free thanks to the sponsorship of White Rabbit Express and Blackship. We hope you'll find these imaginative experiences of Tokyo informative and entertaining.

akihabara

Get an insider tour of Japan's pop culture mecca for anime, manga, maids and more.
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TOKYO'S ELECTRIC TOWN, Akihabara is Japan's subculture hotspot for anime, manga, games and figures which attracts hardcore fans - and curious visitors - from all over the world. Internationally recognized experts on the area take you on an unforgettable, behind-the-scenes tour of the area. You'll visit all the must-see shops, gain historical knowledge, cultural insights and learn insider jargon like otagei, moé, itasha and more.

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Praise for the Tour

Akihabara is one of the world's most densely intricate urban enclaves, and producer Max Hodges has assembled a crack team of uber-geeks from Japan and abroad to navigate its alleys and decode its mysteries. The audio guide is an illuminating portal into the neighborhood's colorful history and vibrant currents of contemporary pizzazz.
- Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica

Patrick W. Galbraith reveals an Akihabara that even a long-term resident like me didn't fully understand.
- Jean Snow, Editor-in-Chief snow-mag.com

Interviews with

Patrick Macias - Author of "Cruising the Anime City" and editor of "Otaku USA Magazine"
Morikawa Kaichiro - Professor at Meiji University & author of several books including "Learning from Akihabara"
Danny Choo - blogger and Tokyo Stormtrooper
Kobayashi Takaya - local ward councilman
Kristina Dryza - consumer trend researcher
Mei-chan- otaku and former little sister at a sister café

Produced and Mixed by

Max Hodges

Written and Narrated by

Patrick W. Galbraith

About the Narrator

Patrick W. Galbraith is the author of "The Otaku Encyclopedia" and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tokyo where he researches Akihabara and Otaku culture. He is a frequent contributor to Metropolis, Otaku USA Magazine and Otaku2.com

Music by

Nobot - Uke Falls
Donebestdone - M. Clifton
Pa letee of @HomeCafé - Happy Happy Morning
Cutie Pai - Tokyo Refrain
Shane Berry - Canned Oden
Damn Dangerous - Nine to Five

Translation

James Okubo

Navi Voice

Mariko Gale

Sound Design

Kyle Vande Slunt
Greg Sextro

Photography

Max Hodges

Web Site

Dilara Özden, design and illustration  alternatecyborg
Fran Dios, programming

Special Thanks

Tomoko Okazaki
Kenn Delbridge
James Okubo
Martin Holtkamp
Ryoko Tsukada
Hunter Ontiveros
Philip Seifi

FreeSound files used in this project

Texas Radio Theatre Company - morse code radio
Galeku - shortwave dial sweep
Elliot Lash aka Halleck - arc of electricity
Xef6 - camera shutter
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