GIFT SHOP The AkiBa: The Akihabara Souvenir Department Store

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GIFT SHOP The AkiBa had its grand opening after renovations to the Akihabara landmark, “Akihabara Radio Kaikan,” were completed in 2014. You would not believe that such a store exists in Akihabara!

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

They have tons and tons of souvenirs featuring popular characters from Japanese anime! The labels are in English and Chinese, too, so there’s no need to worry when browsing and purchasing.

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The store also has souvenirs based on the concept of “moe,” which is synonymous with the Akihabara of today. There is also a section dedicated to “Moeshu,” an alcoholic drink adorned with labels of such “moe” illustrations.

The AkiBa

“We staff try out the products ourselves so that we could give good recommendations to our patrons,” a staff member says.

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

GIFT SHOP The AkiBa’s feature is that they sell goods that are only available at affiliated stores, as well as goods that the store had its hands in creating. They, of course, also stock souvenirs that are widely available on the market. 30% of the store’s products are from collaborative efforts with confectionary companies and other product manufacturers. What is highly recommended is this really rich and delightful “Baked Chocolate”!

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

Other than Kanda Shrine itself, these T-shirts born from the collaboration between Kanda Festival and the anime franchise Love Live! cannot be found anywhere else. They also stock other exclusive Akihabara-related anime goods and souvenirs.

The AkiBa

This retro style takoyaki tin can contains real takoyaki! This is a rare item that is not available anywhere else in the Kanto region. GIFT SHOP The AkiBa also offers interesting souvenirs from all over Japan in addition to curious ones from Akihabara.

The AkiBa

A confectionary brand that is adored all over the world, KitKat also has special local variants that are exclusive to places like Shizuoka and Kumamoto. GIFT SHOP The AkiBa has them in droves.

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The Japan Self-Defense Forces souvenirs are hot with military buffs.

The AkiBa

Of note are matcha-flavored KitKats, in which instances where a single customer buying multiple boxes of them are common occurrences!

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

The AkiBa

Taking the appearance of nigiri sushi to that of shurikens, patrons from abroad often take these magnets back home with them. Since these shuriken magnets look as if they are truly stuck in the wall, many customers are surprised when they try to pull them out!

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