Akihabara Radio Kaikan

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Akihabara Radio Kaikan
秋葉原ラジオ会館
AKIHABARA New Radio Kaikan.jpg
Akihabara Radio Kaikan in July 2014
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial building
Location Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°41′52″N 139°46′18″E / 35.69778°N 139.77167°E / 35.69778; 139.77167Coordinates: 35°41′52″N 139°46′18″E / 35.69778°N 139.77167°E / 35.69778; 139.77167
Completed November 1962 (old building)
Opening 20 July 2014 (2014-07-20) (new building)
Owner Akihabara Radiokaikan Co.,Ltd
Height
Roof 46.5 m (153 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 10
Website
www.akihabara-radiokaikan.co.jp

The Akihabara Radio Kaikan (秋葉原ラジオ会館, Akihabara Rajio Kaikan) is a commercial building in Tokyo and is one of the more well-known landmarks in the Akihabara district. The recent building was built in 2014 after the old building was demolished in 2011. The building is 46.5 m high, is ten levels from the ground floor and has two basement levels.[1][2][3] The current building primarily hosts stores selling otaku goods.[2]

The old building in March 2010.

The old 8-story building was built in November 1962 becoming the first high rise building in Akihabara.[4] The building became the home of electronics shops selling component and parts. After the otaku culture started to establish itself in Akihabara, shops selling otaku goods moved into Radio Kaikan.[2]

Concerns were raised in 2010 regarding the structural integrity of Radio Kaikan due to the building's age. The building was closed for demolition in August 2011 and a new building was built in its place.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The building plays a prominent role in the Steins;Gate franchise.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akihabara Radio Kaikan is Finally Reopening on July 20". Tokyo Otaku Mode. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Face of Akihabara Has Returned! Radio Kaikan Grand Opening!". Tokyo Otaku Mode. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "ANIME NEWS: New modern Akihabara Radio Kaikan set to open doors in July". The Asahi Shimbun. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Akihabara Radio Kaikan - Gallery". Akihabara Radio Kaikan (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 March 2015.