Time flies and we’ve now been here four days. We visited T-Site yesterday; still one of my favorite retail experiences, even though I can’t use half the things they have. It’s a pop culture magazine as physical space: something we all need since the internet killed everything.
Arrived in Tokyo sleepless and went straight to line up for 3 hours to get into Nakiryu, a 1 Michelin-starred ramen joint near Ikebukuro. Intense take on tantanmen, and nearly worth the wait. After a break, went to an izakaya for dinner where we discovered the magic of yuzukosho.
We paid Tokyo and Osaka a visit last fall, following up on my life’s goal of visiting Japan at least once every two years, and nothing disappointed — not the food, people, weather, galleries, nor multi-storey complexes designed to make me buy media and electronics. As Craig Mod alluded to recently on Twitter, Tokyo is a place that fulfills the city’s promise as a tool for human life.
The thing I love about its density and intensity is how that translates into support for all manner of subcultures and obscure hobbies. Today, you can barely find a functioning and interesting bookstore in Singapore, while in Tokyo it’s not just bookstores that thrive. One can wander into massive stores selling model train and forest diorama-building supplies, or records curated from a specific period, or vintage camera parts emporiums. We’re not large enough to incubate that kind of diversity, and the city dweller’s life suffers for it.
Continuing a Japan holiday tradition… making videos of my daily konbini snack raids.
Recently a few colleagues found these on my YouTube and thought it’d be funny to put them up on the giant Microsoft Surface Hub we have. I don’t know why I found that a problem, when I’m uploading them onto my own public website. I suppose because probably no one sees these?
All good things come to an end, but that also applies to this stupid video series from my Tokyo holiday. BBL, in withdrawal.
Tonight’s video features a walk around inside a Family Mart with other humans!
I think I’m getting used to making these. I might even be having fun.
It always happens that halfway through these holidays, I think, “Hey I should keep making videos even when I’m back home!” But it doesn’t happen. Anyway, I think this is the best one yet.
With a brief followup on yesterday’s haul: the lobster flavored crisps were rubbish, and the Mt. Rainier coffee didn’t rot my teeth!
The tradition continues…