Gallery: http://s1221.photobucket.com/user/cptncheesecake/library/Japan Slideshow: http://s1221.photobucket.com/user/cptncheesecake/slideshow/Japan I visited Japan in 2007, and took a lot of pics. I made a gallery for the pics I took of cell phones, gadgets, and other items. Most of them were taken in Akihabara (Electronics District) and Harajuku. This was 2 months before the release of the first iPhone, and 6 months before the release of the first Android phone, T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream). The most high tech phones then were basically PDA's with cell phone capability. I brought a T-Mobile MDA running Windows Mobile 5. This platform wasn't popular in Japan. Feature phones were still big sellers (albeit with better hardware than US/EU flip phones at the time). The hot trend was TV streaming phones using 1seg technology. They had ugly telescoping external antennas and poor battery life. SoftBank dominated the market then. They were everywhere. If you would have told me then that in 4 years, two American developed cell phone OS platforms would be popular in Japan and the rest of Asia, I wouldn't have believed it. They have always been fiercely domestic with their cell phone and electronics preferences.