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Cafe Tobacco – Tokyo’s Smoker Friendly Cafes

26 Jul
rather pointless having smoke alarms in this place

rather pointless having smoke alarms in this place

Smoking is being increasingly more difficult in Japan, especially in the bigger cities. Many disgruntled smokers, feeling shunned at the number of places where they can now puff, can always find the welcome mat out at Cafe Tobacco.  Someone always comes up with a unique business opportunity, as unpopular as this one may be with many anti-smokers. Did you know that some areas in Tokyo have outlawed public smoking with on Several districts in the Japanese capital have banned smoking in public places with on-the-spot fines dealt out. Although there are strong fans in this place, I doubt they’d do any good. and you’d never get be in there. Actually there are some Izakaya’s and local ramen restaurants I’ve dined at which would be as awful as this slow death trap. I can only hope that the staff are smokers, because no well paying wage would be worth working in this cancerous cave would it. Another ‘only in Japan’ post ! This image is shot from the platform at Kanda Station


‘Nintendo’ Dating in Japan

18 Mar

"hey honey, I got a new high-score !'

Society nowadays involves casting your eyes downward to your mobile phone, several times a day.
Nowhere, is that more apparent than in Japan. It is not just Japan, as it occurs on buses and trains and in restaurants the world over. Ten or so years ago the habit of sitting in a train and instantly being fixated on your ketei was already in place, but nowadays it just seems like common place. It is always nice to see someone on a train reading a book ! Three cheers for you ! Recently I was at a popular restaurant here in Japan called Gusto. The attached image of a couple at an adjacent table is something I have seen many times. They walk in, sit down, and then after ordering – take out the electronic devices and are in the drone-zone. Romeo on the right has a Nintendo DS or similar. I observed this couple for ten minutes and there was no talk, no eye contact, nothing. Romeo was moving his upper body regularly as I think he was shooting down aliens or whatever in his game. This image says more about society – not just in japan – (and in particular the lost art of ‘conversation’), than anything I can possibly write. I will leave it at that.