Tokyo Style

“A Plastic Life.” The other day I got on a Yamanote Line train at Kanda Station. Across the way stood a young woman, her back to me, holding on to an overhead strap.  The first thing I noticed were her boots:  peach pink shiny plastic encasing her legs from knee to toe.  The tops were tightened at the back with pink grosgrain ribbon laced through brass grommets.  The next thing I noticed was the bag on her right shoulder:  shiny plastic in a paisley pattern of red, brown and green, with a matching paisley stuffed bear about the size of a hand, hanging from one strap.  In the hand not holding the overhead strap, she held a plastic carry-all in pale lavender and white check strewn with assorted images of baubles, buckets of popcorn, rabbits, and jingle bells in shades of aqua, yellow and lavender.  From one pocket of the carry-all emerged a cord that connected whatever was in the pocket to her right ear.  Her long, wavy hair, bleached to a rusty reddish-brown, flowed down over a bright fuchsia sweater tucked into a denim skirt, whose hem just reached the tops of those peachy boots.  By the time my eyes had circumnavigated her get-up, the train had passed through Tokyo Station and was now arriving at Yurakucho.  The doors opened and the peachy boots removed the plastic wonder from the train.

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2 Responses to “Tokyo Style”

  1. Boyer Writes Says:

    Quite interesting…and especially that you could observe so much in so short a time and remember it to write about it. You must be quite gifted. I was in Tokyo not too long ago. I find the culture fasinating as one can go from the very old traditions to the most modern ways of life…including plastic. I walked into a shopping mall and heard a full orchestra, which I expected was doing a performance. Arriving at a higher level by escalator, I saw a small child playing a keyboard with every switch to make this amazing sound. I hope you are finding day trips out of Tokyo. Take the train to Mt. Fuji. On a clear day, it is wonderful. Better still try it in the Fall when the Japanese maples are red. Nothing like it. You may enjoy my slide shows taken there on my site: http://www.boyerwrites.wordpress.com Best regards on your writing.

    • tokyotree Says:

      Hello, Boyer Writes and thanks for your comment. I think observation skills are something anybody can learn; it just requires being in the moment and paying attention to what is around you. Your story of of the small child at the electronic keyboard in the shopping mall is a wonderful example of a Tokyo moment. Thanks for sharing it.

      Yes, Mt. Fuji. Inspiration to last a lifetime. Nothing like it, as you say.

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