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Quick melt

Daylight, and all the snow is gone.  As I predicted, it didn’t last very long.  It would have been nice to experience going to work in the snow.   (more…)

Shibuya in the snow

Shibuya (and no doubt the rest of Tokyo) has been covered with a layer of snow tonight.  As I was writing my previous post, it was really bucketing down outside and coating everything with a layer of white.  In as little as 20 minutes, the road outside was covered with an untouched, even white surface – apart from the wheel marks of the first car to drive through the middle of it. (more…)

Advertising cacophony

Japan can be such a noisy country at times, especially the major retail and commercial districts.  I sometimes wonder whether the concept of noise pollution exists.  (more…)

Japan’s most colourful election candidate

Mac Akasaka (マック赤坂) is no regular Japanese political candidate.  He’s standing in the general election on 30 August for his own 日本スマイル党 (Japan Smile Party), with the intention of making us all a little bit happier.  I found him at Shibuya Crossing this evening, poking out of the sunroof of his white Rolls Royce, shaking castanets at the crowd.  And yes, he posed for my photo when I held my mobile phone camera up.  Enough to bring a smile. (more…)

Changing Shibuya skyline

It’s been just over  year since I arrived in Shibuya, the district of Tokyo where I currently live, and I’ve already noticed changes to the skyline showing the city evolving and renewing itself. (more…)

Sakura-ga-oka Sakura Namiki

Here are some photos taken tonight from my mobile phone camera of the hill leading up from Shibuya Station to the Sakura-ga-oka district – appropriately named at this time of year, with the row of cherry blossoms.  (more…)

Shibuya sakura festival lanterns

Everyone’s waiting for spring! Pink lanterns sponsored by local shops herald the upcoming cherry blossom festival (28 March) in Shibuya. (more…)

Love hotels & fugu restaurants

What do fugu and love hotels have in common?  I was struggling to find a direct link, but on the way home from dinner last night, I found a fugu restaurant located right next to one of the most gaudy love hotels in Shibuya. (more…)

Shibuya Crossing

Me!  Interlude on the Yamanote Line circuit ride at Shibuya Crossing! (more…)

Shibuya

No 11, Shibuya Station – back on home turf  on the Yamanote Line circuit ride (more…)