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In Tokyo I tend to stand out, but only because I’m pasty and foreign. Some people, however, have the wonderful ability of being able to stand out by simply being themselves.
This weekend sees Japan vote in its 3rd general election in the space of 5 years. A sign, one could argue, of a healthy democracy. Or at least one could if the ruling Liberal Democratic Party hadn’t held near continuous power since its foundation back in 1955. Two minor blips totalling a measly 4 years […]
His surroundings may well be suburban and grey, but the scenery inside his head is thankfully much more inspiring.
A meander of sorts in the company of a One Cup.
Old, very traditional food, made in an old, back to basics way in buckets on the street.
Some commutes are clearly less commonplace than other commutes.
Much is often made of Tokyo’s modernity, along with its early adoption of new technology and trends. But that doesn’t really give a true image of the capital, or at least not a fully rounded one, as the simple act of entering a bar can often lead into a very different kind of environment indeed. […]
It’s sometimes said that the grubbier the place, the better the food, and if that is indeed the case, then this fella’s grilled chicken should be absolutely phenomenal.
Through the simple act of being himself, this bold Tokyoite made the nondescript little underpass, and indeed the day, way more interesting than it would have been without him.
Observing traffic lights and basic road safety would seem to be the best option when it comes to avoiding accidents, but if nothing else, a Shinto blessing in the middle of a crossing is way better when it comes to urban visuals.
Well, the calm and considerable smoke of an old Tokyo bar before opening.
Late summer looks?
Or contentment perhaps due to the impending harvest and the sense of a job very competently done.
When growing up, one of the most popular children’s TV shows was Rainbow; a programme based around a house inhabited by a man, a bear, a pink hippo and an odd-looking puppet with a zip for a mouth. However, despite such a memorable premise, what always stuck in my mind was the theme tune. A […]
Tokyo, of course, has no shortage of modern, fancy shops and supermarkets. Plus these days there are convenience stores on what seems like every other corner. But in older parts of the city, traditional little shopping streets still manage to survive. Places run by locals, for locals and largely catering for their simple daily needs.
Originally constructed in 1931, then totally rebuilt 7 years ago, Yubiso station in Gunma prefecture doesn’t boast the same dystopian feel or scale of the relatively nearby Tsutsuishi. What it does have, however, is a distinct and decidedly stark beauty. There’s the almost monolith-like entrance. Plus its two, very minimalist concrete tunnels. This one in […]