Tokyo (2004)

First I must explain a bit about the Pics... They are from a trip I made to Japan with the staff from the excellent Mexican game magazine Atomix, where I've done some colaboration from time to time. In this trip I helped as a photographer and assistant. Those are the reasons that I was able to meet Kojima during the trip. He is a very busy person, but gave the magazine and TV program some of his valuable time for an interview.

While at Japan, I was able to view Ghost in the Shell 2:Innocence by Mamoru Oshii... and I loved every bit of it (although I didn't understand but a couple of words...). Good thing is I got a lot of goodies, like the soundtrack, single, a folder and other stuff. I will post a page with screens on those later.

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Akihabara
This is the first of Akihabara I saw. This place is, simply put, paradise for the gamer and collector.
Akihabara
Just take a look at the big signs, buildings full of games, DVDs, figures and books.
Akihabara
It was Sunday, so the street was closed and we could walk freely from side to side.
Akihabara
These Machines are the devil: you place 200 yen (sometimes 300) and gain a random capsule with an excellent figure. GITS, Sailor Moon, Sega, DOA, you mention it...And there are some stores that sell them, full floors of them. yep.
Akihabara
(Yes,I loved the place) This is a Sega Arcade. The first floors are for "UFO" machines where you "can get" some Evangelion, Capcom and Sega figures (and more stuff to). Nine floors of arcade games... and not just Sega. And this is not the only one I saw.
Akihabara
Inside Club Sega, some of the Prizes.
Akihabara
Again, inside Club Sega. This floor was full of Street Fighter Hyper Fighting (the new mix between all versions, available for Japanese PS2) machines, all networked and in a tournament.
Akihabara
This is (was) Aso Bit City. It closed it's doors the 1st of this month, unfortunately. Ten floors of: Games, DVDs, Art Books and Guides, Soundtracks, Figures, Models, PC Games and more. The game in the 2nd and 3rd screen is Katamari Damashii (fun!)
Train:
We were at the Yamanote line. Everything around there has advertising, even the handles, and there are TFT screens on the wagon playing spots.
Shibuya:
My first sight on Shibuya. A great place to shop and look around. There was a pacificst manifestation against war. The Screens on the buildigs are awesome.
Shibuya:
The crossroads at Shibuya, an incredible sight with lots of activity. This picture was taken from a nearby Starbucks.
Roppongi Hills:
A great building, where the Konami office ed to be back then.
Roppongi Hills:
Another view of the building.
Konami:
Kojima Hideo, holding a small gift I brought. My compliments if you guess what it is...
Konami:
Kojima signing a Premium Pack, the MSX version of Snatcher and Metal Gear: Solid Snake.
Kojima's autograph on MSX Snatcher
Kojima's autograph on MSX Metal Gear: Solid Snake
Tokyo Station:
A Konami ad.
Tokyo Station:
Konami Sports Club
Tokyo Station:
One of my breakfasts, it was delicious I must say.
Tokyo Station:
The Hikari Shinkansen, which we took to Osaka.
Ginza:
Inside the Sony shop, one floor above the PSXs, a pair of Aibos playing with a ball. Cute.
Akihabara:
A Tonkatsu in the outskirts of Akihabara, where I met Takamichi after years of exchanging mails and working together, a very nice person.
Asakusa:
The Five Storied Pagoda at Asakusa. An interesting place to visit, and quite beautiful.
Asakusa:
Another view of the same Pagoda.
Asakusa:
The main building at Asakusa.
Tokyo Tower:
A view from below.
Tokyo Tower:
The opposite view.

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