The first electronics store built in what would later be "Denkigai" (Electric Town) is no more. Daichi Kaden was for several years the only such store along the street south of Daiei, but stiff competition from the larger stores that have sprung up in recent years led to its demise, as it was bought out by Ishimaru next door and turned into "Akari Kan" (Light House) that, as the name suggest, features lighting fixtures.
What's of more interest to the foreign community, however, is the large recycle store that occupies the back three-fourths of the building. It features numerous rows of used appliances and TV's, stereos, etc. that are especially good options for those who need to furnish an apartment for relatively short stays and can't afford new things. Sayonara sales from people leaving Tsukuba are often still the best way to get really good deals (and occasional rip-offs if you're not careful), but if you need something soon, this is a good bet. Many items have short guarantees (1 to 3 months), which certainly makes them easier to buy. There is a side entrance (named "Shurikan") that is also for bringing in items for repair. The "new" store is located directly across from the "Epochal Frontier Hotel".
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