I hit my writing goal yesterday morning, so I headed out into the city and took some shots for your viewing pleasure. Visually, Tokyo feels like a different city at night, both more alive and more distant, an Oz you can never reach.
Tokyo is endless rails and wires.
The view from the train. A great sea of apartment blocks from Chiba to Kawasaki. Countless alleys that throb with crowd and absence. A LEGOland mosaic of beauty and banality through which three dozen million people wander in search of meaning.
I went to Nakano Broadway, which is a dour, windowless mall next to a bright covered shopping arcade in the northwest "suburbs". There's a small but growing collection of shops selling manga, anime, toys, dolls, t-shirts, electronics, and collectibles to anyone who doesn't feel like trekking to Akihabara. But the two couldn't be any more dissimilar. Gone are Akiba's bright lights and flashing towers. But then, Nakano is absent the creep factor as well. While there is some hentai for sale, I didn't see any of the porn or idol nonsense.
But they had some comics in English. I picked up a trade of Doctor Strange before exploring some of the back alleys, which is where you find the real city.