Sorry, I have no idea why this guy was out for a stroll in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district wearing these platform geta.
Sad owners of one of the Aozora (blue sky) outdoor karaoke shops in Tennoji park, just before being closed down by the police for disturbing the peace.
It was in a poor area of central Osaka where a lot of blue collar workers live, and the park attracted older, down on their luck people, who gathered every day to relive the past by singing Enka (old fashioned Japanese crooning) at various outdoor karaoke shops. There was something oddly fascinating about people who don’t realise that time has passed them by, and continued singing the old songs as though they are still at the top of the charts, still dressing the same way that they did 40 years ago. There were some real characters in Tennoji Koen, people who loved being in front of a crowd, and had some real singing ability but you have to bite your lip when you watch them.
The hotel Aine Resort in Shibuya’s Love Hotel Hill district. By the way, I’m working on a book about love hotels. Stay tuned for more details.
How to make some easy money in Japan: get a piece of invisible thread, an accomplice, and cut out a bunch of paper clowns. Go to some crowded public area, and set up by taping one end of the thread to something in your bag, and the middle part to the clown’s head. Then have your accomplice hold the other end of the string inside his bag. Now put on a show and make the clown dance. You’ll find hordes of gullible people who will pay a thousand yen a pop for your paper clowns.
“Ash flavored” gourmet mushrooms on sale at Ameyoko-cho in Ueno, Tokyo.
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