Monday, October 5, 2009

The Return (Day 16) Shibuya, Harajuku, Yoyogi & Blue Note!

We began the day in Shibuya to check out the Love Hotels on Dogen-zaka. Most hotels have foyer displays of the rooms. This one had a push-button service to reserve a room for a night or a “rest” – all done anonymously.

One of the now-famous capsule hotels for men only. Shibuya.

Bo Peeps. Harajuku station.

It was Doll’s Day at Meiji-jingu Shrine. Dolls have souls, so when their useful life has expired, must have their souls put to rest by the priests. There were tens of thousands of dolls, teddies and stuffed-toys on display. Afterwards they are disposed of “in a respectful way.”

One of the less cool shoppers on Takeshita-dori, Harajuku.

Tshirt, Takeshita-dori, Harajuku.

The highlight of my day was seeing one of the world’s great jazz acoustic bass players Ron Carter with his quartet. At 8,400 Yen for about 70 minutes, it wasn’t something that a public school teacher can afford every day – but I’ve been a fan of Ron Carter’s for years and who wouldn’t do this while in Tokyo?!

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