This place’d been calling me for years and finally landed this shabby flat here in Tokyo SHITAMACHI 15 Aug.
I list the facts of my discovery so far.
#1. Tokyo is enoooooormous. I’m from Tokyo but this is re-recognition.
I’m just too busy walking only a part of SHITAMACHI – equivalent to old east London, craft people’s area, they speak like “Init?” fast, not Hoxton / Shoreditch polluted - to get any slightest chance to visit any other part yet.
#2. Season shift is very distinctive.
It’s been super hot in daytime (I’m sure you can fry a egg on my arm) BUT eve / night is getting a tiny bit cooler day by day. I can feel the season moving on my own skin day by day.
This explains why Japanese food delicately resonates shifting season.
#3. Dilemma of safety / accuracy / politeness & bureaucracy
YES, incredibly safe / accurate about everything.
I can’t find any 1 bike having a fat lock like mine chained to anything. Brand new shiny bikes are standing on its own without chained to anything….
You can choose parcel delivery / utility service time block in a day and they are super on time every single time!
Once the gas man was waiting for me in front of the front door before I got home 18:10 for 18-21:00 block . What a difference from London praying to get in a correct day.
24/7 post office missed post collection point.
Any customer service doesn’t make mistakes, they always double check even occasionally by 2nd person.
BUT the complex of bureaucracy is unexplainable…honestly…it’s beyond my capacity.
I speak language but it’s beyond – so many options on everything / filling forms / signing / multiple IDs, passwords everywhere.
The worst is mobile phone which I still can’t use properly and scares me that I keep visiting its customer centre ever so often.
#4. Full of Chinese people in Japan.
I have to investigate why but WOW amount. This is significant difference from what I remember about Japan 20 years ago.
In certain areas, it feels like being in China hearing their talking.
#5. Now getting into my area:
My place is right next to Yoshiwara red district – herited from a historical red district from mid 17th century Edo era – apparently the biggest one in Japan. Great!
I walked those streets sometimes and saw the men start to stand in front of the sex shops to pull customers late afternoon.
I’ve seen “Yoshiwara sex clinic” ad in this area’s streets. Yoshiwara & sex is the paired words that it made me laugh.
I didn’t realise that my shabby flat is next to this area when I was hunting a flat from London. Lucky to be here with very rich historical culture.
I will keep recording my discovery.
These are photos;
They must’ve created this for Olympic? They put this for Jul’s page on their web.
One is on flying start by casting off his own skin at cicadas’ (creature of summer) Olympic.
Can’t help from giggling again.
Thank you again, Gendai Bijyutsu Nitouhei.
Louis Vuitton is everybody’s favourite to play with and global common language.
This work by Andrew Lewicki doesn’t need a word to make people smile. Not any other logo but Louis Vuitton.
I mentioned about Louis Vuitton pattern printed bin-liner. This is the same principle – bringing the brand down to normal daily life.
This is the artist’s site.
This sweet looking used condom is curved all in one piece of wood with the wardrobe.
I witnessed one wood crack going through from the wardrobe to the condom at Lisson Gallery.
I must have missed as I don’t have TV licence…I didn’t know some TV adverts has been cooling up.
This Japanese performance artist called KOTEI SENNIN, leading a dance team Time Machine, glued me on PC screen.
What glued me is his sharp observation of what we see in daily life even to the tiniest details and his creativity to bring those onto performance format.
I thought I have been opening my eyes 360 degree to catch anything in our time but I obviously missed his presence.
This is Pioneer TV ad.
This is UNIQLO TV ad
Time Machine stage
His solos stage
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