Tokyo

by john on August 22, 2004

I’m in Tokyo this week conducting interviews – came in Saturday night both to save on airfare and give me a day to get acclimated to the time change. Spent most of today riding on the subway and walking around in stifling weather – 85 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. Ugh. Thankfully many of the shops I visited had strong air conditioning.

I visited Asakusa, Ginza, Harajuku, Ebisu and Shinjuku, where I am staying. I’m playing around with “Flickr”:http://www.flickr.com/ and have posted some photos here.

Harajuku was an interesting dichotomy – a huge forest with the Meiji Shrine on one side of the tracks, “The Cool Kids Of Harajuku”:http://www.photomatt.com/pictures/0004/source/22.html in the middle, and a crazy shopping scene on the other side. The guide book I have said the kids (here’s a couple more pics of the “cool kids”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035631765@N01/tags/harajuku/ from my Flickr) would be at the shrine but they appear to have turned this into such a show that they just stay near the station now. I’m sure the many people who came to take their pictures were thankful not to have to walk all the way to the Meiji Shrine.

Japan is pretty cool, but I feel totally overwhelmed.

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