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Maids Carry an Otaku Portable Shrine In Akihabara

by dtshyk
May 3, 2009 9:44 AM | 40 Comments
In praying for economic recovery, various groups and businesses in Akihabara have come together and built an "Akiba Mikoshi" portable shrine. In traditional Japanese festivals, a Mikoshi (神輿) is used to house gods as they are carried around to bring fortune and prosperity to the districts that they oversee.

Photo of Akiba Mikoshi
Manga and Games decorating the Mikoshi
Mikoshi carried around by maid-costumed girls

On April 26th, the Akiba Mikoshi was officially lifted up for its first inspection tour on Akihabara streets. Products and characters related to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Neon Genesis Evangelion, the two animes that have changed the industry in the past twenty years, could clearly be seen on Akiba Mikoshi. Carefully selected mangas ( Lucky ☆ Star Volume 1), magazines, novels, figurines, video games, electronics, PC components, and storage media were placed on the Mikoshi, as well.

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News credit: Oscar
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Leave it to the Japanese to come up with weird things like this. lol...
Gotta admit though, it's very creative. lol

May 6, 2009 8:34 PM by tttm

Hikari_Tajiri said:
Woot! I'm not an atheist anymore! xDDDD

me too

May 6, 2009 12:36 AM by Takuya-kun

Oh dear god.

May 5, 2009 10:07 AM by LolitaDecay

kuroshiroi said:
Soulstrider said:
New ways to suck money from the otakus
Maybe they'll find religion and stop watching/buying anime because of this.

Awesome idea.

anime and games are my religion. I find I can really get behind it.

May 5, 2009 3:56 AM by Akito38

All I can say is.. . . I love Japan

May 4, 2009 4:37 PM by ender650

wtf.... i suppose i'll give them credit for trying

May 4, 2009 9:37 AM by nyamo

Soratenshi said:
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panda_general said:

May 3, 2009 10:24 PM by BlackAssassin

SO AWESOME and its environmentally freindly! solar power FTW!!!! and has a nhk manga woot!

May 3, 2009 5:24 PM by Corpse69

If this gets the otaku outside to buy more anime, then I guess this is a good thing. Then again, they might just try to steal the stuff on the shrine and raep the maids.

May 3, 2009 5:21 PM by BlueYoshi

Where's the fucking lolicon?

May 3, 2009 4:29 PM by ArtRodriguez

What has despair done.

Yet again, it may work

May 3, 2009 4:16 PM by ladyxzeus

woot? r u serious?! ^_^

May 3, 2009 4:02 PM by Qrko

.... oAo People do these things?

May 3, 2009 3:54 PM by KayChan4U

panda_general said:

May 3, 2009 3:44 PM by CreamyVelvet

like lol haha

May 3, 2009 3:28 PM by greenmush


May 3, 2009 3:11 PM by FiiFO


May 3, 2009 3:09 PM by Shancakeschan

The God, Suzumiya Haruhi is very happy see this.

May 3, 2009 3:08 PM by Kira01


May 3, 2009 3:00 PM by AddleBoy

Edgey said:
What the fu-

May 3, 2009 1:27 PM by kenny35