Akihabara Pedestrian Zone Returns

By Nopy

On January 23, 2011 the Akihabara pedestrian zone was reopened to the public, much to the delight of weekend Akiba goers. The Akiba pedestrian zone is an area of Chuo-dori, the main street of Akiba, that is blocked off from traffic on Sunday afternoons to allow more room for pedestrians to move about. On a regular day, you would find cosplayers, maids, and various performers out on the street, along with plenty of photographers. That all changed over two years ago when a man killed 7 people using a truck and knife. The pedestrian zone was shut down until further notice and a bit of Akiba died that day.

Now that the Akiba pedestrian zone is back, there’s sure to be crowds of people back on the streets every Sunday again. What has changed though is that there are now security cameras set up and police patrolling the area.  The area has basically been put on probation until this summer. If no incidents occur between now and then, the pedestrian zone will remain open like before. Personally, I hardly think this is fair to the people who enjoy having the street closed off on Sundays. It’s not like it’s the peoples’ fault that someone decided to go on a killing spree there. It also doesn’t make sense that Tokyo’s other pedestrian zone in Ginza has not received the same treatment. You would expect the government to place security cameras and more police there too as a precaution.

Anyone wanting to see how the Akiba pedestrian zone turned out on its first day back can check out this video on Youtube.

Via Japan Times.

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Nopy is an engineer and a rabid fan of anime. He also enjoys collecting anime figures, reading manga, and viewing artwork from anime/manga artists. Nopy began blogging about anime in 2008 and joined the Forever Geek team in 2009. Besides anime and manga, he also enjoys the occasional video game and catching the latest internet memes.

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