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Buy Unique Products: Thanko Rare Item Shop, Akihabara
Thanko Rare-mono Shop is a store in Akihabara's Electric Town which sells "useful and funny products". If you need something unusual, check here first!
Written by Kazuyuki Sato
There is a store which sells unique products on Chūō Dōri in the Akihabara area. Chūō Dōri is also known as the Electric Street and is a center of Japanese otaku culture.
The store is called Thanko Rare-mono shop.
The concept of useful and funny products stands at the core of this store. Everyone has something that the want to have, and if that something is material, this shop can probably help your dreams come true.
In recent years it has gained popularity with people all over the world searching for really unique products. The staff at this store also told us that recently half of the customers are from abroad.
Now you might wonder what kinds of "interesting and funny products" they have exactly. Let's find out together.
*The price of the products is subject to change.
Popular Product 1: The Samurai Sword Umbrella
The store faces the main street, Chūō Dōri and has various products lined up at the entrance, which certainly make you stop and look.
Out of the many products at the entrance, the Samurai sword umbrella (2130 yen) will definitely catch your eye. This umbrella makes you feel as if you would be carrying a samurai sword in your hand. The handle of the umbrella is designed like the handle of a real sword, being made up of an e (the part by which you hold the sword) and the hand guard called tsuba which is located between the sword and the sword handle. This item is one of the most popular products among visitors from other countries.
The inside of the store looks just like shown in the picture above. There are many interesting products, mainly electric devices on sale here. There are some many of them, that we cannot introduce all of them in one article.
Popular Product 2: USB Powered Products
Some of the most popular products in this store are USB powered products. They sell a lot of electric products you can just use by connecting the device to the USB hub of the computer, and many of the items are exclusive to Thanko.
The picture above is a USB hot/cold cup holder (USB温冷カップホルダー) (2980 yen) which keeps cans and paper cups warm or cold. You get to keep your drink at the desired temperature, while doing some work on your computer. How great is that?
There are other creative products like gloves, slippers and mini-dehumidifiers, which can be warmed by plugging in their USB drives.
You can also test most of their own products at the store before making a purchase.
Popular Product 3: Selfie Sticks
Other popular products among visitors from abroad are the selfie sticks which are useful for taking selfies with your smartphone.
There are various types of selfie sticks here in this store such as the Ultrasonic control selfie stick (2480 yen) and the one which can be also used as a tripod: the folded selfie stick (1480 yen).
They also sell a product which changes the field of view of the camera, allowing you to capture wider views, letting you take pictures of yourself even if you are in places where you can not use the selfie stick. This product is called the 'clip-on wide-angle lens 2'.
Big Advantage If You Are From Abroad. Get 10% off with your passport!
You can get a 10% discount if you show your passport at the cashier.
If you are in Akihabara, we highly recommend you stop by this store. Thanko Rare-mono Shop is sure to amaze you with the variety of useful products and services they offer.
Thanko Rare-mono Shop
Address: Tokyo, Chiyoda, Sotokanda 3-14-8 Shinsuehiro building
Hours: Weekdays 11:00-20:00, Sunday and Holidays 11:00 - 19:00
Closed: New Year holidays
Credit Cards: VISA, MASTER CARD, American Express, JCB, UnionPay, DISCOVER NETWORK, Dinners Club
Other Languages: English
Nearest Station: Suehiro-chō Station (末広町駅) Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, JR Akihabara Station (秋葉原駅)
Access: 3 minute walk from Exit 3 of Suehiro-chō Station, 5 minute walk from Akihabara Electric Town Exit (電気街口) of JR Akihabara Station
Phone number: +81-3-5297-5783
Website: Thanko Rare-mono Shop