24 January 2011

Just What Happened in Akihabara Today/Tonite?

by 01:39
Well, nothing major really......

Okay I lied, please come back lol.

Around 3 years ago (2 years 7 months), was fatal stabbing rampage that occured in June 2008 and forever scarred Akihabara 's history.
Short story is; man drives van into pedestrian zone and hits 3 men, thus killing them, before stabbing 14 more people on foot, leaving 4 stabbed fatalities in his wake before he was arrested.

So it's 23rd January, the day which back in December 2010, Tokyo Metropolitan Public Safety Commission had approved to reopen the Pedestrian Zone in Akihabara. As Akihabara is the heart and soul of many things, roads would normally be closed off to vehicles on Sundays and public holidays to accommodate the overwhelmingly large number of pedestrians, until that stabbing incident occured, forcing authorities to close the pedestrian zone until further notice.

And precisely at 1pm today, the streets were closed off once again and the masses filled the streets, renewing the glory of Akihabara's ever densely populated streets on a Sunday afternoon. The pedestrian zone will be open to 5 p.m. through March and 6 p.m. through June. If no problems are reported, it will remain open from July.

Medetashi medetashi

My twitter was literally buzzing with tweets and pics of the pedestrian zone being congested, with nostalgic comments being shared among twitters and phone pics to pinpoint the uploader's position .
Hopefully, nothing like that incident will happen again but who knows when the next deranged lunatic will come waltzing into Akihabara, this time with a projectile weapon?

Pedestrian Paradise Gallery;

Certain restrictions have been imposed during the Pedestrian Zone period;
Selling Street Goods Ban
Street Performance Ban
Riding Bicycle Ban
Leaflet Distribution Ban

PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketFriendly community reminders on the restrictions with anti-social activities.


And that's all that happened during the day.

Now just what happened at night?
Well, the pedestrian zone was lifted after 5pm as scheduled, then came the usual traffic surge.

But this time, a certain ita-bus platoon was deployed on the main street of Akihabara;


A certain bus decided to deploy as well...

God decided to drop by with a few of his deities too;

A couple of mangaka paid a visit to the holy land;

A few idols came along and wrapped up the whole entourage;

And now, I shall sleep
OHMYGAWD, I haven't finished Comparisons?!


ShikimoriAki said...

Ohya, read about the incident about Akihabara on the newspapers when it happened =O...

Anywayz, when i get enough money, I'm so giving my car an anime paintjob!, I don't care what the law says! Roar! (is it againts the law? lolx)

*bookmarks the blogspot =P*

The Extroverted Otaku said...

We're free to do what ever we please with our rides (unless you have moral police watching out like my country =_=)

So, will we see your itasha at the next Ita-Fest/C80? ^^

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