My last day in Tokyo felt weird – partly as I had checked out of my Air BnB apartment by 10am and put my two cases & backpack into coin lockers & was then kinda homeless, floating in Tokyo until my flight home that evening…. I had planned to go recording but rain was forecast so I flagged that idea & did some shopping instead, heading first to Komiyama Books which is a secondhand book store specialising in photo and art books… International shopping info here
I went with no specific intent, other than hoping to become aware of some Japanese photographers but when i came across a whole section of rare Michael Kenna books my credit card took a beating!
Michael Kenna early works 1976-1986
Michael Kenna catalogue from an exhibition in 1990
Upstairs were different floors/sections – I think third floor was fashion books and top floor was rare prints… and a robot
Fantastic store – I could have spent hours & many thousands of dollars here!!
Last stop was Yodobashi to stock up on film…. esp after checking the price of Velvia 50 back in NZ
After some great sushi for lunch I had an hour to spare, so headed back to Ikebukuro where my bags were stashed and went & sat in the sun in a nearby park… and had a classic Tokyo experience!
A friend had mentioned this park as a mecca for people playing Pokemon Go and sure enough there were quite a few people standing around, staring intently at their phones… but the most surreal thing that happened was when a young woman turned up, put her bag down in the exact centre of the park, plugged her headphones in and then proceed to practice dance routines for the next 30 minutes! It was kind of cute, especially as no one else could hear the music… Most people just ignored her but every so often she’d do some routine that involved hand claps and she would catch peoples attention briefly…
How great, that people can do such things & no one really bats an eye…
Eventually I went & retrieved my bags from coin lockers (momentary panic when one of the lockers would not unlock… I stashed that bag the previous night & ahar – the locker needed feeding for day 2 before it would release my bag, phew! Glad I didnt leave it until the last minute to learn that!!) Then on to the Narita Express, a cruisy 90 minute train ride to the airport and homewards bound…