Blade Runner Meets the Beaver

Tokyo, what can I say? This place is big and bizarre. Brash and yet oddly quiet. If you have seen the movie Blade Runner, you have a taste. If not, rent it, it’s great. There are countless parts of the city with buildings covered with 5-10 story video screens, huge advertisements, lights, neons, and signs of all shapes, sizes and colors. Yet walking the streets seem relatively quiet. People don’t talk loud. Rides on the extensive subway are odd for their quiet. No one uses a cell phone while on the trains. Not to say no one uses cell phones here, they are glued to them. But they do email and all kinds of other things, often transfixed for long periods of time.


There is a retro feeling about the place because everyone is so well behaved, polite and formal. And they dress so well, the men are always wearing suits by day. And then there are the lights. Hugh TV screens on every corner, screaming lights that more than make up for the relative silence of the city. I am not sure I have even heard a horn used yet. But the lights can’t be missed.


Food has been fun. Many restaurants have fake versions of the dishes they serve. The first night I had just taken a picture of the display in the window when we decided to go in and eat.  And since the menu was not in English I could not tell them what I wanted. So I brought the picture up on my camera screen and zoomed in to my dish, and bingo, instant communication. Technology has been a problem, but it can also help!

Enjoy your dinner. I enjoyed mine (bottom right).



4 Responses to “Blade Runner Meets the Beaver”

  1. 1 salmon king May 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    omg, talk about sensory overload with the neon. Cool pics! Glad you get to experience all this and thanks to technology we get to experience a “taste” of it too. Although you get to really taste it!

  2. 2 linda lou May 21, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Peter:

    Just got back from my trip. I am looking forward to what is to come in your blog. Be Safe. PS: Buffalo is not Dreary as you think.

  3. 3 pro10s May 21, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I’m glad you’re having a good time in Tokyo. I was afraid that you’ve been lost in the heavy rain storm… I like the way you keep communication with Japanese people with your pictures. 🙂 I hope you’ll have a better weather now on…

  4. 4 fotorocket May 22, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Linda, good to hear from you. No, not so dreary – in the summer!

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