A comical little kid, in a Pooh Bear outfit, in an old part of Tokyo

The neighbourhood may well have seen better days, but that definitely doesn’t mean one can’t add a bit of colour and character when out on a Sunday saunter.

cute Japanese kid


  1. says

    Gaijin da! I can almost feel that phrase radiating from my screen.

    BTW, I hate those face masks, when I first came to visit Japan I thought that they all suffered from tuberculosis or some other plague. :-)

    • says

      Haha, that was pretty much his reaction! His grandmother was lovely though. She greeted me with a nice warm ‘hello’. She may well have smiled too, but I couldn’t tell ‘cos of he mask… Not a fan of them either to be honest, but I suppose if they make people feel better, then they aren’t doing any harm. Could never imagine wearing one myself though.

      • MrSatyre says

        Read a blurb some years back by a Japanese physician who abhors the masks for the simple reason that moisture from the wearer’s breath makes the masks wet and captures far more cold viruses and germs than they would inhale sans mask. But like you said, if it makes them (think) that they feel better because of them, no reason to complain.

  2. AV says

    I can understand how the empty hotels came to be, but not this landscape: the street is too narrow for cars, the houses are interestingly patched… they could be new in Brasil, or a vanning kind of constructivist restoration from just about anywhere East of Europe. I’d be minding my step on these streets, lest locals behind flimsy walls might be disturbed.

    Any idea how the patch of town turned out this way ?

    • says

      Yeah, it’s not the kind of image one usually sees of Tokyo, is it? A fairly common sight though away from the bright lights. Not far away from them either. Outside the cities you’ll see an awful lot of similar sights too. That famed Japanese aesthetic isn’t always so obvious…

  3. MrSatyre says

    Maybe it’s the sun, but the look on that kid’s face is great.

    Your header reminded me of a yellow bread maker I spotted in one of the big retailers in Akihabara. It simply said Pooh on it, with no pictures of Winnie the Pooh on it. It wasn’t until years later that I realized, when looking at the photo I had snapped, that the bread maker had been molded to look like Pooh’s honey pot. I guess bread and honey isn’t such a far stretch, but it sure had me stumped for a long time! In the meantime, I always laughed at the bread maker that made pooh.

    • says

      Quite a character, isn’t he?

      Hopefully the cute nature of the design will keep users thoughts away from making bread in an unfortunately named pooh machine!

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