The unknown rodent

In the campus of RIKEN, Japan’s largest science research center … in the streets of the Brain Science Institute…

…a monument to the innumerable lab mice who lost their lives for science!

Tanabata matsuri – Festival of the star lovers

I remember a July of a feverish breeze — and in Kappabashi, the tanabata festival, celebrating the yearly reunion of the celestial lovers separated by the milky way.

Outworldly whispering decorations of stars (no, they are really whispering, or rather floofing gently in the wind).

Tons of people, fans, goldfishes, wish-writing, food stands, watermelon selfies…

…and parades by local professional associations. Plus the stars personified by two young people on the left.

The rickshaw drivers I believe, taking turns with swirling their heavy staff.

Lighter stuff swirling happily on its own (well, like the celestial lovers on this night).

Random flashbacks Tokyo

Idoru festival; fans waiting for face time with their idols.

Ice cream is the only food that can be eaten in public, ergo vendors on subway platforms.

Octopus chandeliers.

Fab Cafe, coffee shop with 3D printers and space plants.

Refreshing cucumber on a stick.

Harajuku and roundabouts

Omotesando. Flashy…

Shooting a backstreet fashion shooting.

Harajuku station bridge plus summer afternoon. (Not really many, or even a few, cosplay girls, other than pros or tourists in grossly made rent costumes.)

   

Entrance to Takeshita-dori: the number one tourist site in Japan to safely skip and save time. Unless you’re there for the fake plastic touristy stuff, of course. (The plastic crepe samples do look good, though.)

Uru-Harajuku: where the actual fashion hides.

Prints snapshots

[Edo-Tokyo Museum] Free entry: (…) atomic bomb survivor chart holders.

[2011 earthquake] Gas leakage: 1,238 gas supply points
Automatic shut off by microprocessor-based gas meter: 341 million points

[Apartment door] In case of a major earthquake, peel this sheet off and follow instructions on back.

[Shinjuku] Bitcoin can be used for payment.

Downtown express highway

Flashbacks of walks along the Metropolitan Express Highway #3, between Shibuya and Setagaya.

Flashbacks of Tokyo. Absorbingly fascinating in a very different way than expected before getting there.