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Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronics district, is the stuff of geek legend. For decades, this area has been a magnet for a clientel obsessed with electronics, comics and adult video stores. When I first visited in the mid 90’s, it was as if I walked onto the set of some crazy sci-fi movie. The component market under the tracks of the Chūō-Sōbu Line fascinated me to no end. At the time, it seemed chaotic and underground, an enticing view of the future of some different past.
While on a trip to Beijing in 2008 I walked into a huge building to find a thriving indoor market with every shop dedicated to mobile phones and phone related products. There are rows upon rows small stores, many selling both single units to locals and wholesale to traders from the surrounding province. Judging by the sizable number of well equipped workshops this is also a good place to get phones repaired.
In Bangkok I was fortunate to find the Iron Bridge market, probably the most cyberpunk place I’ve ever been. Build over a canal, stretching a city block this metal structure is cramped with small toy and game stores and tiny electronics workshops. Many of them cramped with the tools and parts needed for game console hacking and repair.