February 16th, 2008 – by: Rubbertoe
4 Chrome intersection in Ginza.
There is only one thing you can do in Tokyoâ€™s fanciest district of Ginza, shop till you drop! Apparently there are 10000 shops crammed into eight main blocks and on the main street, Chuo Dori, you can find all the luxury brands in fashion design like Dior, Gucci and Chanelâ€¦ so what am I doing here with my 3-for-1 Matalan T-shirt and Lee Jeans? Iâ€™m checking out the ladies of course! :-) Japanese girls are beautiful, they always look great and they take very good care of themselves, Iâ€™ve hardly seen a fat bird since Iâ€™ve been here, maybe itâ€™s because they walk and cycle everywhere, and I they donâ€™t pig-up on kebabs or cheese and chips!
So far, I have seen lots of Sony products in Akihabara and Odaiba, but the best place to see the latest gadgets is the Sony Building in Ginza.
I wonâ€™t waste too much time talking about the latest mp4s, phones or TV sets but one gizmo is worth mentioning. Itâ€™s called the â€˜Rollyâ€™ and I guess itâ€™ll reach the UK market sometime in the next couple of years. It looks a bit like an egg and it is simply an mp3 player with built in speakers. The clever part is that it also dances for you to the sound of the music it plays, totally useless but great to watch! Check out the video, I hope it works.
English Pub in Shibuya
Ok, after another good dose of totty-spotting on the streets of Ginza, I jumped on the subway to reach Shibuya. Yet again, another blooming shopping district, however the customers here are much younger, trendier and less sophisticated. I supposed you could compare Ginza with Oxford street and Shibuya with Camden Town in London.
I couldnâ€™t bare more shopping, even though I didnâ€™t buy a thing, so I stopped in a diner for a nice bowl of ramen and walked straight to Yoyogi Park. I read in my guide that on certain days of the week you can find the rockabilly, a group of Japanese guys who like to dress up in Elvis gear and dance to his old tunes playing on a ghetto blaster, apparently this is really cool in Japan, Rock â€˜n Roll!! Unfortunately it was the wrong day and I didn't get to see them, just as well since I left my dancing shoes back at home, but I did see a good selection of musicians and artists performing (you can see the rockabilly on youtube). In a curious way, the musicians were sitting far apart and seemed to be playing solo, but were in fact following each otherâ€™s tune. I found a spot somewhere in the middle and enjoyed the improvised concert, I took a video too but as I moved the camera to each artist they would stop playing so it didnâ€™t come out well. Whilst I listened a strange fellow pulled up his bike and started a conversation, Iâ€™m not sure if he just wanted to practise his English or he was looking for companyâ€¦ Do I look gay?! So I packed my camera and made a swift move to the subway.
Bass player with amp, practising in Yoyogi Park