This street scene could just as easily have been photographed in Paris, Milan, New York or London as in Tokyo. Here, the late afternoon coffee crowd gathers in a modern square a short distance from the Imperial Palace and Gardens.
The selection of used camera equipment at Imtiaz's Camera Market in Tokyo is overwhelming. Packed into this over flowing little store (the store is about 10' feet wide and 30' feet front to back) is camera equipment of every type and vintage. There were many tempting things on offer, but one must show some restraint.
At one point in our journey to Tokyo I remarked to our host that it seemed to me that fairies must come out every night and clean the city. Despite the enormous population and the density it is one of the cleanest cities I have ever visited. At home we would expect a taxi driver to have cleaned the car at some point in the hours before picking up a passenger but I dare say that no taxi driver in Edmonton would take the time to dust his car before allowing a passenger to climb aboard.
The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with 37.8 million people living in an area of 2662 square kilometers (6890/square mile - Edmonton by comparison is 319/square mile). As a result there is not a lot of spare space as evidenced by this restaurant near the Tsukiji Fish Market. Three seats, a counter and the kitchen all in a space not much bigger than an en suite bathroom in a North American house.