It’s hard to know if it was a visual or audio stimulant that prompted the expression below. And it’s similarly difficult to decipher what the actual emotion was. But what is for certain is that it was a decidedly intense one.
Archives for January 2014
Japan may not have its own version of the NSA or GCHQ, but we are still being watched. And watched very carefully, too.
After his business went bang at the end of the bubble, this fella has become what countless millions of other Japanese men are — a salaryman. But, while he now takes orders and dons the de rigueur suit and tie, the glasses betray the far more free-spirited person within.
Tokyo’s Ueno district has its fair share of modern buildings and neon lights, but on the whole it has a wonderfully gritty, even grubby feel to it. A worn, somewhat frayed round the edges look that is often reflected in the people who spend time there.
But under the tracks a real hint of old Tokyo is added to the rough and ready mix. A link to the past that the shadows and yakitori smoke only add to.