Takeshita Street and Nighttime Views of Tokyo

Takeshita Street is a famous side street in the shopping district of Tokyo. All the latest trends either start here or become mainstreamed here, I’m not sure which. I walked down the street, surrounded by teenagers dressed up in outrageous outfits shopping for even more outrageous outfits.

Famous enough for its own sign

Famous enough for its own sign

It was crowded

It was crowded

Anyone for a hundred bows?

Anyone for a hundred bows?

Shop employees stood up on plastic stools to shout about their wares via megaphones. At least one store was devoted entirely to tights and leggings. I passed what I think was a photography studio, where you and your friends can dress up as pop stars and have your pictures taken with glamorous backgrounds. Or maybe it was just a place selling posters of pop stars.

Dreamy pop stars

Dreamy pop stars

Anyone for a hundred pairs of tights?

Anyone for a hundred pairs of tights?

Going hoarse from selling

Going hoarse from selling

The theme here is COLOR

The theme here is COLOR

I went into a Daiso, a chain 100 yen shop (a dollar store), and came out with some souvenirs and travel items. The store is large enough that it has its own directory. Some of the English translations describe items that I couldn’t actually find or couldn’t figure out what they meant (what’s Straps?), so that’s a bad translation, and some of them were just very specific (an entire section for Opera glasses).

Daiso!

Daiso!

My favorite store directory

My favorite store directory

Down another shopping street, what did I find but Garrett Popcorn? As the window says, a Chicago tradition. I almost bought some, but as is the case in all the Chicago stores, there was a long line.

Down another shopping street, what did I find but Garrett Popcorn? As the window says, a Chicago tradition. I almost bought some, but as is the case in all the Chicago stores, there was a long line.

Nighttime View

Tokyo from on high

Tokyo from on high

My host Junko told me how to get a sweeping city view for free instead of paying for an observation deck at Mori Tower, so one night I went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building. (This is like sending people to the Hancock instead of the Sears when they go to Chicago.) The observation deck on the 45th floor was made up of a restaurant, an overstuffed souvenir shop, and windows all the way ‘round the room. I liked seeing all of Tokyo spread out before me, lit up as far as the eye could see. (One of the downsides of going to the free deck is that it’s not set up well for photos, so there’s a glare on most of these, sorry.)

nighttime tokyo

Bright lights, big city

Bright lights, big city

Over the city

Over the city

nighttime tokyo

Goodnight,Tokyo.