Chas was free on Sunday so he kindly traveled to Tokyo to show me Akihabara. I wasn’t sure I’d like this place, the ‘electric town’ famous for being a center for video games and anime. However, I was won over as soon as I walked into a retro game shop and saw all the fun-looking Gameboy and Super Famicom games for sale.
I owed Chas a fair bit of money so I promised to buy him a nice lunch. He recommended that I should take us to a maid cafe in order to experience a unique Japanese phenomenon. Stepping out of the elevator immediately slams you into an over the top world of maximum cuteness. Our “maid”, in an energetic and high-pitched act that continued through our meal, taught us a cheer before we even even entered: “Delicious, delicious, meow, meow, meow!” It was unclear if I was supposed to knead my hands like a cat or make a heart shape each time so I paid a lot of attention whenever we cheered. A celebration was made for everything from getting cute animals drawn on our rice omelets in ketchup (a cat for me and a panda for Chas) to picture time. At first I was a little overwhelmed, and frankly relieved at the sight of families and couples there too, but it was a really fun experience and I had a great time.
Afterwards we spent the afternoon checking out various shops, from coin capsule parlors to anime stores, and playing games at a huge Club Sega (much bigger than Ota’s local Sega World). Since I was going to Saitama the next day to see the JR Railway Museum (I spent the whole day there because I was enjoying it so much), Chas let me crash at his place. In addition to saving me the money that I would have had to spend on a hotel room, it gave me another chance (possibly my last) to hang out together before I leave Japan.