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Feb 24Liked by Matt Alt

Camera gear was not a thing in Akihabara. The astonishing Yodobashi Camera was elsewhere in the metropolis. On an earlier posting in Bangkok I happened on a magazine article on the Altair computer, which opened up microcomputing to hobbyists. I built the now forgotten Netronics Elf computer and carried my fascination onward to Tokyo.

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Feb 23Liked by Matt Alt

I photographed Akihabara for A Day in the Life of Japan, including the featured picture above. While working and living in Japan as an editor I spent much of my free time at Akihabara, an electronic hobbyist's paradise.

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Feb 24Liked by Matt Alt

I see Yodobashi now has a presence in Akihabara. Digital photography was in its infancy, expensive devices barely out of prototype. When I lived in Japan Akihabara was calculators, appliances, audio and TV, RC cars, Ham radios, etc. And every electronic part imaginable available under that RR bridge.

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Who would win in a knock-down, drag-out fistfight? Machine Man or Mr. Machine?

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