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I made three trips to Akihabara, Tokyo's center for all things electronic, during my six-week stay in Japan. Akihabara features enormous department stores selling electronic goods, movies, music, computer parts, and games, among many other things. On the side streets are small used-goods stores where you can find many bargains. Brand-new goods tend not to be as cheap as the U.S., especially when you compare the Japanese department stores to American on-line retailers. In any case, I picked up some neat toys like a SwanCrystal and an electronic Japanese-English dictionary. Many of the small vendors let you haggle over prices, making it even more favorable for bargain-conscious shoppers.