No curve was too sharp for them and their bicycle. No puddle was deep enough to stop them. -- Friends by Helme Hein

20 December, 2008

A Tokyo Merry Christmas Postcard

First day into Christmas break and we are doing nothing---it's a wonderful nothing. We haven't done nothing in months. We leave for Thailand on Monday to do more of nothing, but on the beach this time. We'll be back on January 5th, just after the Japanese New Year festivities are over. Next year I think I'd like to be in Japan for the new year when they eat noodles, throw beans and go to temples all dressed in Kimono. For now, here are a few pictures of Tokyo daily life. I think they give a nice sense of the intensity of the city.Inside a tall building in Futako-Tamagawa, the shopping mall/train station/neighborhood near my house. You can see all of downtown Tokyo from here.

A cosmetics/pharamacy shop in Shibuya.

Shibuya at Christmas. I'm not a Christmas purist, but there is something about the Japanese celebration of Christmas that seems really hollow to me--it's even more consumer driven than the US.
James took this cute pic of the girls at their Choral Night concert. Love it.

900 yen per beer is the going rate for a pint (or smaller). Thats about 10.00 US these days.

Another train shot

Another Shibuya intersection

peaceful sunset over Fuji from home

1 comment:

YourFrenz said...

Wow-great pictures and insight into your scene
glad to hear you get a break and are off to thailand-sounds like you need it!! (don't we all)
LOTS of recent snow here in Bend- sounds as though it suddenly became winter all over the states
we are home for 2 weeks- sledding, skiing, baking, playing, etc...
Santa comes in two nights..the anticipation is the best part
Love you guys!! Jackie