With Tokyo nonetheless underneath state of emergency orders because of covid-19, and the nation closed to vacationers, companies counting on guests have been hit particularly onerous by the pandemic.
As John Daub from the Only In Japan YouTube channel factors out, “Akihabara is one of the places that has changed the most over the last year during the pandemic as a lot of these businesses geared towards tourists are gone.”
In a current livestream, Daub walked by the district, which you’ll be able to watch in full beneath.
Here is a collection of a number of the empty buildings and shuttered outlets that present simply how Akihabara has been impacted economically by covid-19 and the vacationer ban it prompted. Note that many, however not all, of the shuttered companies had been beforehand reported on Kotaku (here and here, for instance).
People are nonetheless visiting Akihabara and supporting outlets, however the lack of holiday makers is certainly noticeable and little question felt by retailers.
You can watch the total stream beneath: