Oct 13, 2009

Street Scenes: Shinjuku Tokyo

This photograph was taken in between raindrops and the concrete canyons of Shinjuku, Tokyo late one afternoon. People wearing surgical masks are a common sight on the crowded streets and metro of Tokyo. The flu hysteria is even more prominent in this metropolis. In fact I saw hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrance of several establishments including an art center.

The couple in the background are classic trendy Tokyo youth. Check out the woman’s retro hairdo. She was brave and skilled enough to walk on the grating wearing spiked heels. Her beau seems to have adopted a surfer dude/grunge look.


Anonymous said...

Fashion - What I wear.

GMG said...

Hi Wendy, here I am after another absence, much longer than I wished; but it seems yours has been much more extensive than mine... ;)
I'm not sure it has to do with the A-flu hysteria. Japanese always wore masks on two grounds, I was told: pollution and to avoid contaminating others when they're sick. A question of good education... and good taste!!

Blogtrotter is still travelling in Turkey. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Roy Biggins said...

It is good to know that the B52s and Pearl Jam both have strong followings in Japan.

Fly Girl said...

Those masks almost look like part of the Japanese style. They just seem to add a quirky element to the already intriguing get ups.

Wendy said...

Hobo and CMG, Thanks as always for stopping by. CMG--the masks were more prominent than in the past and there was hand sanitizer in hotels and art galleries which I had not seen before.

Roy, I saw a guy with a Joy Division T-shirt. The 80s are alive and well in Tokyo.

Fly Girl, It is a very unique style. Much more interesting than the "fashion" worn by the mall rats of America.

vernon ford said...

Funny how Japanese fashion is uniquely their own, uninfluenced by the West or their Asian neighbors. I'm amused what these young urban Japanese fashionista are wearing. I take it as another form of self expression. So ironic though that Japanese is known for a culture of discipline and rigidness.