24 January 2011
Hokosha Tengoku finally makes its return to Akihabara
Moeyo has brought us the good news that the weekly designated pedestrian zone of Akihabara - Hokosha Tengoku (歩行者天国) aka Hokuten (ホコ天), which ceased existing due to a mass killing back on 8th June 2008, is finally making an official return!
The re-opening of Hokosha Tengoku in Akihabara happened yesterday on 23rd January 2011. Other than people crossing the roads, it's been more than 2 years since I have seen so many people on the road itself in Akihabara.
A sign board emphasising no hawking, no performances, and no biking allowed inside the Hokosha Tengoku.
... Kamina, is that you?
Ranka Lee, Sheryl Nome, Kagamine twins and Zero cosplays spotted!
I do not recognise this cosplay orz
A patrol team walking down the road and keeps the place in order.
Road barricades to close off the road from traffic, showing the edge of the pedestrian zone
A man with a sign congratulating the return of Hokosha Tengoku
Flowers are laid near the area where the killings happened back in June 2008 and caused the Hokosha Tengoku to cease existing.
Even though that Aso Taro has been succeeded by 2 men already as the Prime Minister of Japan, the huge board for him is still there!
A mobile anti-crime CCTV van
Itashas are on display on the day too.
Coming towards the end of the Hokosha Tengoku, and normal traffic would soon resume on the main road of Akihabara.
While whatever I have blogged last year did not happen until now, it's nice to finally see the weekly Sunday pedestrian zone coming back to Akihabara. I can't really tell how big the event was compared to other days in the past, but with cosplayers, maids, itashas etc. coming back, maybe the good ol' days of Akihabara will come back one way or the other. Some shops took advantage of the re-opening of Hokosha Tengoku and carried out one-day-only promotions and sales to attract more people to come over. Security has been increased to prevent or at least to reduce the crimes occuring in the area. May we hope that this will last as it should have been in the past.
Images are from Moeyo