- By: Jessica Uelmen Published: 04 June, 2013 0 comments
It’s no secret that I, Jessica Uelmen, have a great love for anime and kawaii things. So it was really a dream come true when Ken and I boarded a plane to Tokyo. This was a first trip to Japan for both of us, and there was a lot of ground to cover!
First we met with our translator, Kamada-san, who did a fantastic job showing us the sights in Akihabara. Kamada-san made us feel very welcome, with tours of local otaku shops, the gigantic Yodobashi Akiba department store and a delicious shabu lunch.
After lunch, we visited with our Japanese distributor, Akizuki Denshi. Akizuki provides electronic components and kits as one of the leading parts suppliers in Japan. While the majority of their sales are online, they also have a small shop set up in Akihabara where engineers and students shop for parts in a pinch. Akizuki has been a Parallax distributor for over 20 years, and we were honored to meet the faces behind the many emails.
The next day we met with Futaba, who, as you may know manufactures our standard and continuous rotation servos. With over 500,000 continuous rotation servos sold, it was great to be able to meet the gentlemen who designed such great products. Though, the main purpose for our trip was to talk about a new, high-speed servo we’re working with them to develop. But more on that later! ^_^
As with any business trip, you need to find a break for some fun, so Ken and I headed to the infamous Tokyo Robot Restaurant. I’m not sure that there are words to accurately describe the experience, but it was certainly different. There were lots of strobe lights, club music, dancing and large humanoid robots. You can see some of the insanity for yourself here.
In all, it was a very productive and exciting trip. We were happy to meet old friends, make new friends and look forward to future trips!