Akihabara mourned on Sunday with flowers and comic books one week after a man killed seven people in a stabbing frenzy that stunned the nation. Weekend crowds returned to Akihabara, with shoppers seeking out the latest electronics products and kitsch costumes, while others watched demonstrations of robots and tried state-of-art video games.
At a makeshift shrine, however, mourners placed flowers, drinks and comic magazines, pressing their hands in prayer to mark the exact moment of the tragedy at 12:30 pm a week ago.
"We should never forget the tragedy. We should never let it happen again," said Mai Shimada, a 16-year-old high school student dressed in a maid's costume.
"Akihabara is a cheerful place. Sadness and the police aren't suited to Akihabara," Shimada said. "While keeping the tragedy in mind, we want to encourage the area to return to what it used to be."
In a change aimed at ensuring safety, authorities on Sunday kept Akihabara open to traffic with 100 uniformed police officers patrolling to stop possible copycat crimes.
"I'm still afraid as there are rumors that some people are planning to commit a similar attack," said Shu Sawada, a 17-year-old student. "I think it will take some time for people to get rid of their concerns."© Wire reports