This isn’t new information, but it’s new to me – Radio Kaikan Building is being demolished. Must’ve been the time machine crashing into the roof.
A new Kaikan Building will be built to replace this one – 10 shiny earthquake-proof floors above ground and two below, to open in 2013-14. Most of the stores, including Kotobukiya and K-Books are temporarily relocating. I’m sure it’ll be a nice place and full of great shops, but I’m glad I stopped by for a last visit when I was in Tokyo this April – though I had no idea of the impending closure, I spent my last afternoon in Japan browsing there before heading to Narita.
So long, Radio Kaikan – you’ll always be the real Akiba to me. I hope Okarin, Makise, Mayushi and Daru send you out with a bang.