What a picture from 1985 Akihabara says about 2023 Japan
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.
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.
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.
Who would win in a knock-down, drag-out fistfight? Machine Man or Mr. Machine?