Bob Knetzger says: "The Akihabara Radio Center is closing at the end of November. Sure, there are still maid cafes, gundam shops and other otaku delights in Akihabra, but sadly a little piece of Maker Heaven is shutting down. So cool that the post-war headquarters for black market radio parts has survived for this long (and maybe it will sprout up somewhere else?) ...but where else in Tokyo will you go to geek out at bulk electronic parts, tools, and test equipment?"
I visited the radio center in 2010, and the array of stalls and items for sale was mind bending. I'm sorry it's going to close!
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Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects