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HOWTO Plan a Trip to Akiba

Posted by meronpan on March 10, 2010

back during the days of akiba's hokousha tengoku

With my trip fresh on my mind, thought I’d write up a post with tips, suggestions, costs, etc. for making a trip to akiba.  I’ve been lucky to have gone quite a few times now, so I think I’ve got at least a few tidbits to share ^^;  Of course, this will all be based on my own experiences – I wouldn’t be surprised if folk have better suggestions – keep yourself open to other possibilities ^_^

So yeah… no, no one died and made me the akiba expert… yet somehow I’ve managed to write up quite a novel.  Read on if you want an insanely long list of things to consider ^^;

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Trip Goodies

Posted by meronpan on February 23, 2010

So even though this was a dedicated vacation I think I spent just about the same amount as when I extended a business trip… perhaps that’s a good thing ^^;

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tadaima~ trip pics, some haruhi/nanoha/fate/stay night movie ramblings

Posted by meronpan on February 22, 2010

Well, somehow I made it back in one piece.  Recommendation: do not get sick two days before your flight.  I did, and basically spent the whole time trying to recover as quickly as possible ;_;  (thanks for all the well wishes! m(_ _)m)  On the bright side, I booked a hotel that was basically across the street from ueno station.  i.e. I could get to akiba in about 10 minutes ^_^

Think I’ll go in chronological order, lewt post will follow in the next couple days… (not too much this time, especially by rin’s standards :P)

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Mid Trip Update

Posted by meronpan on February 17, 2010

Just thought I’d do a quick post while I’m taking some down time…

and yeah, that’s a choco corone  ^^

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Taking Off~

Posted by meronpan on February 10, 2010

As this post goes up I should be on plane ^_^  Managed to get mio & miyafuji’s reviews written… scheduled them to go up on the 14th and 18th, respectively.  As such I may not respond to comments for those reviews as soon as I usually do.  But mebbe I will… should have computer access, so we’ll see.

Alrighty then, いってきます~ Will be back in a few weeks ^^  here’s a random fate picture from the group shots:

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Some Singapore Pics

Posted by meronpan on January 25, 2010

Thought I’d combine a little site update with the pics I took during my (business) trip to Singapore last year.  For those more interested in figures, I’m anticipating Hobby Search will send out my preordered goodies next week… which means… well crap I may not have time to put up reviews before I leave for Japan.  Did I mention I’m headed back to Japan?  I’m headed back to Japan for vacation ^____^

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Trip Pics

Posted by meronpan on July 13, 2009

Didn’t really do too much new this trip and the weather was awful so I was less inclined to carry around my camera ^^;  Nevertheless, snapped some pics of the odaiba gundam of course ^^


Evidently it officially opened just after I left though besides the light show and such I’m not sure there was any else different.

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Back Home + Lewt

Posted by meronpan on July 10, 2009

Was happy to come home to some beautiful weather… unseasonable cool here in the bay area!  Complete opposite of Tokyo… well, humidity-wise at least.  Anyhow, taidami modorimashita, etc etc :P  Back to posting!


In the end I spent about 48000 yen over 4 days in akiba. Luckily I’m an extremely slow shopper or I’m sure the damage would’ve been much worse ^^;

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Posted by meronpan on July 6, 2009

Been meaning to post photos, stories or just anything since getting to Tokyo,  but work, last minute trips, and a lack of planning got in the way of all that.


As mentioned in the previous post, this trip is a super last minute business trip + vacation time added on.  What do you know the first night I’m here I remember that my laptop’s ethernet port is broken (have been using wireless) so I can’t check my work e-mail!  Also I found out that the plug adapter I threw in my bag was for german outlets!  Thank goodness for akiba… it was 7pm… rushed off and was able to buy everything I needed ^^  Plus the manga pictured above ^^

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Sudden Trip

Posted by meronpan on June 30, 2009

I guess I could’ve combined this news with the post I just made… but it kinda felt like it deserved it’s own post.


About 12 hours ago I was asked if I could go on a business trip to Japan.  6 hours ago I booked a flight.  Barring any problems, I’ll be taking off within the next 15 hours.


I’ll be landing on Thursday (Japan time) and working Friday & Saturday.  However I extended my trip to the next Thursday so I’ll have Sunday through Wendesday to have some vacation time (assuming my Japanese coworkers don’t pull me into the office ^^;;;).  I believe it’s still tsuyu (rainy season == hot & humid orz) but… it’s Japan!

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