Posted by: Airtower | 2011-09-23

Shogun’s Glasses

After arriving in Tokyo yesterday, today was the first day of sightseeing. The first stop was Akihabara (秋葉原, “autumn leaves field”). In case you didn’t know, this area is famous for electronics and Japanese pop culture of all kinds. Two signs in the picture below indicate that this is indeed the way to Akihabara. I’ll explain about the glasses later. 😛

Street with sign saying Akihabara is ahead and a manga style advertisement a bit further back

Akihabara was about as I expected, with many stores for electronics, manga, anime, music and related articles like figures. Some people were standing in the road watching anime on a store’s display TV, maids were handing out flyers advertising cafés. I was surprised to find a “Linux Café” as well, but it was closed. 😦

Storefront with sign: "Linux Café - Gateway to the Open Source Community"

However, there were others advertising Linux, too. 🙂

Advertisement banner with Tux

Road construction signs also feature cute characters.

Notification sign about work on the pavement, featuring a manga style girl in a red dress with extremely long, pink hair

This construction site near Ameyoko (アメ横) has an unusual fence: It shows the percentages different sources contribute to Japan’s electricity supply. I guess it has been made after this year’s March. 😉

Construction site fence displaying percentages of different electricity sources

Via Ameyoko we went to Ueno (上野, “upper field”), and in a large park there I discovered the thing responsible for this article’s title: a monument to Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu’s glasses. I was very surprised that such a thing exists!

Monument made of black stone, showing a pair of glasses and inscriptions in Japanese

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