Akihabara has been Tokyo’s electronic center since the 1950’s. It's a mash of crusty old electronic stores and shiny new shopping areas, sprinkled with game centers and anime show places. Akihabara has also become the center of 'otaku' culture (Japanese anime and manga), so some shop displays are a bit naughty. Maid-cafes, featuring waitresses in maid costumes, have become popular.