A crew pass up steel ties for earthquake reinforcing work on a prewar building. Good form in Tokyo demands that the passers-by be shielded from the sights and sounds – and obvious potential dangers – of construction; making for a confining environment for the guys on site. An exception is being made for the efficient uplift of the ties.
In remarkably non-ironic fashion this Tokyo building has a front facade inspired perhaps by 15-6th century Italian structures, and very ordinary other walls.
Such a clumsy retrofitted structure for such a small water tank. Perhaps the boss wanted to be able to see the games at Jingu from the roof?
A dozen fire brigade and police officers attend to a mildly melting illuminated sign in Iidabashi station. Looked inefficient but rather reassuring. And it seemed strangely in contrast with both scenes from the UK and in Fukushima.
In the name of progress (well, new offices for the School of Politics & Economics – Seikei), one of the key prewar buildings is being demolished now. Being Japan, it is surgically removed behind an elaborate noise and dust-containment wall. Whilst the new building will ostensibly incorporate the facade of the old, the late night campus lighting casts perhaps more interesting shadows on the temporary shroud.
I fancy I saw this already charming weathered old sign on the way to my interview at Waseda back in to 2003. Small artifacts in old neighbourhoods seem to anchor one’s spirit in some way.
A young woman, somewhat improbably to my mind, gets a paid job posing for an otaku photo shoot. Whilst a not uncommon sight in Tokyo parks, these folks have taken over a Meiji era guardhouse outside the imperial guesthouse. What goes on amongst consenting adults is their business, and entertainment for others when done in a public place.
Students of Chuo High School, some of whom had studied in Australia, folded 1001 cranes as a gesture of solidarity with those affected by the floods in Queensland earlier this year. The cranes are displayed in the lobby of the Australian Embassy.
Yes, there really is a post right in the middle of the narrow walkway descending to the Oedo line platform at Roppongi. If ‘resolution’ is a key element of design, this is not designed.
Behind this bloke is a poster saying that age checks are being enforced for the sale of alcohol and smokes. A minor or not, he would have been better to heed the spirit of the law. The last train pulled out without him. I did offer to help him..
I doubt I will ever be invited into the Imperial guesthouse but it is quite a sight, even just when looking through the bars of the fence.
I hope the woman carrying this bag is a trainee hairdresser. The sight certainly startled me last night on the way home. Hardly the sensitive regards for the feelings of others that one would look for in a service industry professional.