NIPPONIA No. 46 September 15, 2008
Japan’s Electronic Market
It all started out after the war with shops and stalls selling radio and electric appliance components. Over the years, Akihabara evolved into a market for electronic goods, computers and other modern lifestyle products. Today, it is also a mecca for fans of pop icons like manga, animé and video games.
Baolimo Lombo works at LaOX Duty Free Akihabara, a store where eligible overseas customers can shop tax-free. He was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and serves customers in Swahili, Japanese, French and English. (Photo: Onishi Mitsugu)