This is my favourite gate in Tokyo. (Remember that I come from South Africa, where ordinary home security consists of security gates, burglar bars, walls with electric fences, movement-activated lights, laser beams, Rottweilers with rabies, panic buttons and armed response.) It looks quite impressive, doesn't it, with solid bars bolted into the wall and a security lock that requires a PIN.
Yes. Well. Here's the full picture:
Lift a knee, step over the low wall and you're in. Japan, I love you to bits. PS: I walk past this gate every day. Suffice it to say it's at an institution of higher education.
There's an awful lot of abunai (あぶない) in Japan. Everything is abunai, from standing incorrectly on an escalator to holding a hot Starbucks cup. I spotted these posters, warning against real dangers, along the Sumida River. Abunai posters often (always?) contain furigana, the small hiragana above kanji, so that everybody, including children and southern barbarians, can read it. Please note that even abunai is cute.
My second Sumida River post is 5000 words and counting. I'm drowning in information. This isn't a post; it's a bloody PhD dissertation! I'll have to rethink and replan. Time out. Meantime, photos of bridge details as a teaser, a trailer and an appetizer. PS: What do you mean, identify the bridges? Wait. We'll get there in roughly 2021 at my current tempo.
When I arrived here eight years ago, this sight was rare.* Nowadays I see it daily. Thank you, McDonalds. (Japanese women are getting thinner; Japanese men are getting fatter. Fact.) * Perhaps I saw less because I was less mobile. Back then it took me a day to figure out how to get from Ochiai, where I was living, to Tokyo Station.
Tokyo and Paris have a friendship agreement that is celebrated, amongst others, on Tsukudajima, an island in the Sumida River. One of the monuments in honour of this friendship is Le Amitié Pour Avenir, shown in these photos. PS: Oops. My first title for this post was "Tokyo/Paris friendship avenue". Duh, Ru, "avenir" doesn't mean "avenue!"
I think you'll slap me if I publish another photo of Sky Tree, so let's go for muscle men. Or should that be nipple men? The statues are Niō, guardians that stand at the entrance of temples to protect Buddha. I photographed these two in Asakusa.