February 2010 Japan Visit





Next day, Luca and I decided to pay a visit to what I believe to be the only hobby shop in Tokyo almost entirely devoted to Maschinen Krieger: NUTZ.

But both of us had something to do first: he had to go buy some of the bulky items he did not want to carry around the day before, and I had to start shipping boxes of goodies to the US, so I would not have to kill myself bringing them to the airport and beyond.

I went out to buy kits at a hobby shop where I knew I could also get boxes. On my way, a thought crossed my mind: as of the last 15 years or so, Akihabara has essentially become a huge land of toys, with remnants of the gigantic electronic district it once was.

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Gone are the days when Akiba was synonymous to latest electronics.
But thankfully enough, entire blocks devoted to electronics still exist.

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Haha! Someone's wife is SUPER!

Once I was done with the shipping, I met Luca at the train station adjacent to NUTZ, although I was late.

We managed to go in the wrong direction and got briefly lost until we saw...

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... are those...?

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YES!

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OK, we found the building, but how do we get in?

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Luca is scouting:
Is this the way?

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A little bird frog tells me it is!
(Picture courtesy of Luca)

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This place is literrally... NUTS!
We are surrounded by Ma.K!
While chatting with the shop master,
I am inspecting a book shelf filled with Ma.K literature.
(Picture courtesy of Luca)

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Here is a wall near the entrance...

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... covered with blown up copies of original Hobby Japan articles!

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Check those boxes over your head!

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The pile of latest releases strategically placed next to the register...

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... itself next to the shop master's operation center!

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Shelves with more Ma.K and items that are useful when building your Ma.K models, such as electrical wires, springs and even very small and strong magnets!

You may have noticed the tables in the middle of the room. They are for poeple who want to sit down and build models right here! The shop also holds Ma.K workshops (or are those referred to as clinics these days?) on a regular basis.

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This is one of the "workstations"
(Picture courtesy of Luca)

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Which leads me to this huge display of models built by the shop master and others, including customers.
The bins at the bottom are used by people who will come back to continue working on their models.

Cool, time to go Home!
What happened the day Before?
I wanna check those models Further!