Time, and changing times, have resulted in old school off licenses like the one below becoming increasingly few and far between. The alcohol vending machines seen outside have gone the same way as well — especially so the sake ones. But obviously some shops still survive, and it’s all the better when they are as wonderfully retro looking as this one.
The light that day was far from usual, and one suspects this fella is also a far from usual Japanese salaryman.
The buildings of this Japanese theme park have long since been demolished, but the beautifully faded relics that still remain make it a fascinating place to explore — especially so considering how much nature has taken the area back. There are also few hints of human interference over the years, meaning it now feels more like a nature reserve than any kind of entertainment venue. A peaceful spot where birdsong is abundant, and the decayed scenery is much more serene than sombre.
One of Tokyo’s distinctive taxis captured on a similarly distinctive Tokyo crossing.
It’s always impossible to know what lies beyond before you slide open the door of a little old Tokyo bar, but when they look as intriguing as this on the outside, you can be pretty sure things will be even more interesting on the inside.
And this place proved that point perfectly, as it turned out to be a truly wonderful spot to drink, think and be looked after by the lovely owners.