The heat, and particularly the humidity of summer in Tokyo is difficult to deal with — it’s exhausting, basically. A daily struggle that for the city’s ever-growing number of older residents, must be even tougher.
Tokyo’s varied selection of old, basic bars and eateries are well documented on Tokyo Times. But, when the weather gets warmer, those wonderfully no-nonsense characteristics are carried out on to the street. Meaning the same cheap and cheerful food. The same clutter and grime. And perhaps most importantly of all, the same fantastically relaxed atmosphere.
To many people, pigeons are nothing but pests. But not for this young woman. Instead, they are creatures to be cared for and fed leftover bar snacks.
Some days are most definitely better than others.
Sometimes, pleasure really does come from the simple things in life. Like a bucket and some water on a suffocatingly hot summer’s day.
This young boy may well have been in desperate need of a pee, but for a moment at least, his bladder concerns were put on hold by the mesmerising sight of a Buddhist monk praying in the middle of the street. Praying, perhaps, that the little lad in question could find somewhere to go before things got too desperate.