In pictures: Tokyo's gadget heaven

Far from home

Michiru, Light and Sayu are 'gothic lolitas'. They are all from out of town - "we would never dress like this where we live" - but they are here to shop and to visit the cafes where the male staff dress up like the androgynous characters you see in many popular manga comics here.

"We're not doing this for attention," they say. "We're just having fun, and in Akihabara you can dress like this and you don't feel uncomfortable."

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