The other day, walking around the backstreets of Omotesando I noticed the many vacant lots and alleyways in the city, and I suddenly saw all manner of things filling up the space left by the buildings that once stood there, the gaps in-between. I think this could be an interesting subject for a photo book about Tokyo, Gaps. Vacant lots. Spaces. Buldings peeking through other buildings or the ghosts of other buildings long gone. Tokyo Gaps. Now if only I could find 6-7 extra hours to attach to each day and I’d be ready to search the city!
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.