Sunday, August 29, 2010
Seen around town, 5
There are only two street car lines still running in Tokyo. I wrote about the one in Setagaya a long time ago. This is the other one, which runs along Waseda Dori towards Waseda University. The line is right next to a fairly busy street so there aren't that many chances to get interesting photos of the cars while they're running.
A few weeks ago, the Japan Times ran an article on a new project starting up in Tokyo. Certain select train stations are getting spy TVs. You can almost make out the little camera in the top middle part of the TV frame. The camera observes people as they're walking by and determines how many are focused on looking at any given ad running on the display at the time. Supposedly the TV doesn't gather info on the people themselves, and is just intended to bring us one step closer to Minority Report. This one is in Shinjuku station.
As part of the UDX building's summer motif, a small water wall was installed in the plaza in front of the Tully's coffee shop on the first floor, and some of the planters replaced with soft-light lamps with fish painted on them.
Yes, there are separate buildings for the weak unaged and the strong aged. The strong unaged get no respect, just as with most other cultures.
Back of a bar in the Kawasaki red light district.