Monday, 21 June 2010

Grimy Backstreets

Character-building backstreets around Koenji.
Small bars and restaurants taking up space off the beaten track.
In the third picture down, there is even a tiny bar at at the dead-end.
You can see the lantern and the sign outside.

Monday, 14 June 2010


When I was a kid, my friends older brother had an ongoing collection of American muscle cars.
Quite a rare sight in the streets of England at the time.
Moreso these days.
An even rarer sight in the congested streets of Tokyo.

The Hot Wheels shop in Koenji is not only home to a fine selection of toy cars, but also some real ones.
Not much finer than a Plymouth Barracuda standing shop front.
Needless to say, she's loud.
If she's not a Barracuda, then I stand corrected...but I'm sure she is.

South exit.
Turn left.
Keep walking straight along the side of the train tracks.