Den Den Town でんでんタウン Adventures

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Recently I headed to Osaka 大阪 to explore Nipponbashi 日本橋 with a couple of friends.
Colloquially known as Den Den Townでんでんタウン (Electric Town) it’s generally regarded as the more grimy, industrial version of Tokyo’s 東京 Akihabara 秋葉原 district.
Some would consider this Osaka’s Otaku district, whether you’re in the market for Anime goods, computer parts, insanely niche porn, airsoft weapons or an afternoon at a maid café Den Den Towns has it all (and more)!

Where Akihabara is known for its flash lights and high tech stores, Den Den Town is a much more down to earth blue collar workers district. One only has to look at the aging buildings or peer down an alleyway off the main strip, to catch a glimpse of motorcycle garages and ojii-sans siting in ancient shops filled with hub caps and spark-plugs.

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However Den Den Town really has a certain old world character and charm to it that Akihabara just really lacks. In fact this is one of the few places in Japan where it’s haggling is kosher, also rather than stores just selling the newest thing on the market (items which you could arguably get anywhere in Japan), here there is are ageing treasures and bargains around every corner!

Enjoy some photos I took amongst the adventures ☆〜(ゝ。∂)

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Cool statutes outside a shop

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So many figurines!!

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Maid Cafe I was forced into >_<

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Gina computer store banner

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Awesome Chopper and Luffy ride!

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This lil picture was attached to a copy o the new Mario Kart DS game.
I read it to be Mario and Lakutu spit-roasting the cloud (*^^*)

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Giant Takoyaki たこ焼き display

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Giant ass Gundam figure!

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Paul buying his PSG-1 (sniper rifle from MGS)

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Claw games!

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Entrance to Doguyasuji

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Freakin amazing life-sized Fallout models!!

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Crazy DVD I spotted tat I read to be combination of FFVII, Phoenix Wright and well…… Porn

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Ok this box really weirded me the fuck out, like it was in the a typical anime shop and I gathered it is used to recycle old porn DVDs, just the character with the blurred out erection holding hands with a child…… Really Japan really……..

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And I leave you with this epic One Piece display I found, each character paired with their half age equivalent \(^o^)/ byeonara!!!!

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3 thoughts on “Den Den Town でんでんタウン Adventures

  1. I’ve been thinking about planning a trip to Osaka lately (actually, several trips, as it turns out), so this is quite the timely post! Looks pretty awesome, I have to say. 🙂

    Oh, btw, Osaka’s kanji – and I mention this only cuz some of my fellow teachers corrected me just today, coincidentally – is 大阪, not 大坂. Apparently the latter one is just for people’s names, they surmised. I said (or tried to, my Japanese isnt that great), if it’s for names only, it should say so when you type it! haha. Well, learn something new everyday. 😄

    • Oh Osaka is great…..compared to Kobe anyhow, I pretty much go there every weekend as it only costs 250円 return from Sannomiya! Nipponbashi is just such a tiny corner of it too ^_^

      Huh omoroi I shall fix that up then, my knowledge of kanji is much too rudimentary to pick up on such subtleties so ありがとうございました!

  2. Where’s the One Piece store (the one with the cool displays in your picture) located? In which store in Den Den?

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