Photographs from a small group of islands
Jan 29 2021 17 Comments
1/29/2021 at 10:52 am
and some of the shrubbery is too, but at least there are no cats to trip over down dark alleyways.
1/29/2021 at 9:51 pm
So long as it’s not a black cat…
1/31/2021 at 4:12 am
I guess those bottles might be less effective for dark cats. It actually first reminded me of
“We’ve bred all our kittens white
So you can see them in the night”
– ‘God is in the House’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
..maybe the white hat and socks.
1/31/2021 at 9:39 am
I’ve never quite worked out those cat blocking bottles. If indeed they do work, do they just keep cats away from that bottle surrounded spot, or the area in general?
One day I’ll have to try and grab an unsuspecting cat and pop it down in a bottle heavy area and see what happens!
That’s a great line and yeah, a nice fit considering the old lady’s choice of clothing,
1/29/2021 at 6:56 pm
I’m loving the old sign with those 1960s (?) tiles.
1/29/2021 at 9:52 pm
Yeah, it’s a bit special, isn’t it? Not sure about the dates, but that could easily be about right.
1/29/2021 at 10:44 pm
Even before the pandemic many of these local arcades had empty stores. The Mom and Pop businesses were already struggling to survive.
1/30/2021 at 9:24 am
Yeah, often lots of shutters in places like this. This one rather surprisingly is still doing ok. Mostly snacks, which, on the whole, somehow seem to survive the changes times.
1/31/2021 at 9:40 am
My wife and I were in Osaka in Nov 2019. When we walked through one of these arcades close to the central train station, I was shocked at the number of small stores which had shut down. I guess maybe 50% of them had gone out of business! This was pre-pandemic. Had population decline and online shopping devastated retail businesses that much in recent years?!?
1/31/2021 at 4:55 pm
Yeah, they’ve been disappearing for years. A generation coming to an end I think, and also a generation of younger Japanese who (quite understandably) have no desire at all to carry on the family business.
1/31/2021 at 9:36 pm
Good point about the younger generation, thanks!
1/29/2021 at 8:52 pm
Lovely. The big sign at the center is gorgeous.
1/29/2021 at 9:55 pm
Cheers. Yeah, that sign is an absolute stunner. So much to like.
1/30/2021 at 6:56 am
There is something about rust and neon that appeals to me. (https://www.tokyotimes.org/an-old-tokyo-video-shop/)
I actually had this arcade bookmarked from my previous streetmap wanderings, or rather the other entrance, which has an identical sign.
A place to visit, for sure.
Once (translated) google review includes “…it was dim and deep and difficult to enter…” Marvelous.
Thank you for continuing to bring us views of Tokyo while we cannot visit.
1/30/2021 at 9:34 am
You and me both. Can’t explain properly in words, but there’s a sort of melancholy beauty about them. Always a treat to see.
It’s definitely worth a visit. A few other places of interest nearby too. Only small, but interesting in that it’s dog-leg-shaped. Don’t see many like that.
Ah, that description is perfect. If I’d read that beforehand I’d have used it to go along with the photo.
Oh, and you are more than welcome. The wait goes on, but at least the vaccines are now rolling out. Finally getting them here at the end of next month. Or at least that’s the current prediction.
2/2/2021 at 9:28 pm
What a amazing photo. The sign must be beautiful when turned on.
2/3/2021 at 3:45 pm
Thank you, and good call. I was so enamoured with how it looked when I took the photo, that I hadn’t even thought about how it would look at night. Totally agree too. Must be even more stunning.
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