I was holding out not blogging about this, it just seemed to obvious, but after having heard from trusted friends that this really is a thing worth experiencing, I can’t hold out on you anymore! If you have been in Tokyo the last few months chances are you have seen the giant fembots circling the streets advertising the extravagant Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho area. Not having gone myself, I can only take my friends word for it, but they say there is nothing like it in this world. Maybe so. I still can’t stop taking a few snaps every time I see these giant contraptions being towed around Tokyo! I think there are four of them. If you want to read more about the restaurant they are advertising you can find their homepage here, but remember to turn down your speakers, the site is as loud as the restaurant itself! Here they are being towed through Omotesando the day before yesterday, and through Shinjuku last year. If you go – be sure to let me know how it was!
One of the things I always get asked when taking foreigners on their first trip around Tokyo is the numbers and figures put up on all police boxes around the city. I am sure you have seen them if you have been in Tokyo, the traffic accident reports of the previous day. Here is a larger “monument” in Hibiya showing the number of fatalities in traffic accidents in the metropolitan area the day before, zero. The last photo is from the side of a police box (a koban) in Omotesando, showing the fairly average numbers of zero fatalities and 120 injuries. Not bad considering that the city has almost 13 million residents and twice that again during the daytime. Japanese are big on reducing traffic accidents and several times a year they have special traffic accident awareness weeks where volunteers do their best to make people act more safely in traffic.
Or should I call it hair bow? I saw this gorgeous hair setting in Tokyo’s Omotesando district the other day. Isn’t it fantastic? I know there are preset wigs in this shape to buy but this looks so realistic. Oh, and before anyone mentions it, it does look like she is giving me the finger! I can assure you that no Japanese would do something as rude! She is holding her soft drink bottle and bag while tapping away on her phone though.
I recently walked past this cute bookstore in Omotesando. The second floor is a gallery, and to be such as small store they seem to have a lot of staff! Only Japanese language books on sale though. If you come from Harajuku along the main Omotesando Street, just turn left at the big crossing at Omotesando, and it will be just on the corner, to your left. Sanyodo – 山陽堂書店. I read recently that on average, one book store closes every day in Japan, over 350 book store every year close up for good due to a shift in consumer demand. It is good to see that some shops manage to go against the stream.