Three Little Things (Tokyo Edition)

I spent Saturday in Tokyo, a city I admire even more in winter.  With blue skies and crisp air, it’s easy to spend hours people-watching simply by standing in one tiny corner of the city.  I spent most of my day in Shinjuku, one of the liveliest districts in Tokyo.

1. Valentine’s Day decorations

Valentine's Day flowers in Shinjuku, Tokyo

In Japan, women shower men with chocolates and other presents on Valentine’s Day, and in return, men usually give women 2x the number of gifts one month later, on White Day (March 14th).  But the more Western idea of V-Day in which men and women give and receive equally seems to be catching on, as evidence of these colorful flowers outside of Odakyu Department Store.

2.  Marshmallow Cocoa from Cafe Veloce



3. Buskers

Toshimitsu Arai, of the band trunk (トランク), outside Shinjuku Station, Tokyo

I always admire buskers, or street musicians, who are brave enough to perform in front of one of the busiest train stations in Tokyo.  Many city dwellers  walk by without even blinking, but others like myself stand transfixed, admiring sounds more thought-provoking and beautiful than recorded train announcements.  This gentleman, Toshimitsu Arai, is a member of the band trunk (トランク). 音楽はきれいだと思います。

Author: Sheila Burt


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