(Very late Sunday night in Hong Kong as I write). Just a few pictures from Saturday – I will post more tomorrow. First picture is a sign from a restaurant in Ginza. I assume it talks about help needed for the earthquake victims. The subway is super efficient and super easy to use and I love the station names. The trains were generally not very crowded, possibly because it was in the middle of a weekend day. This is inside a giant electronics + toy store in the Akihabara district with 7 floors that sells electronics, computers, anime, model trains, planes, automobiles and toys of every stripe. I was overwhelmed – even though all the kids with their parents seemed to handle the visual onslaught of all the merchandise on display better than I did.
The traditional gate is near the Asakusa station and in a very nice area with small streets and malls of stores and eateries. There were several people collecting money for the earthquake victims.
Then early evening Saturday I met friends of my Seattle friends at Shinjuku station – it is the busiest train station in the world. Outside there was a buzz outside with many of Tokyo’s young people just hanging out and socializing. The two night time picture is from there as well. The little tickle-me- Elmos(?) are inside a coin-operated machine, hoping to be picked up with a dangling hook by a lucky Saturday night player.