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Tokyo Pics. Part 3.



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Every Sunday is Halloween in Harajuku. On the bridge between Meiji Jingu and the Harajuku train station, "CosPlay" girls gather and engage in fierce, erotic battle ... actually they just stand around and pose for pictures, boring unerotic bastards. Before I got there, I'd assumed they all dressed in Goth/Victorian-style outfits, but they wore other kinds of costumes as well. Apparently they dress up as their favorite comic book, video game or cartoon characters. I waited to see if Princess Allura from Voltron would show up, but sadly she did not.

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I came across this basket filled with golden baby heads at the Village Vanguard store in Shimo-Kitazawa. They're piggy banks, although the idea of sticking a quarter through a life-like infant's shiny gold scalp seemed a little creepy to me. The strange thing was that seconds after I took this photo, I turned around to show a friend, and the baby heads were all gone. Anyway, if you ever find yourself in Shimo-Kitazawa, I'd definitely recommend you stop by the Village Vanguard. Not just to see if those gold baby heads reappeared, but because it's one of the coolest stores I've ever visited.


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We hit this one place in Aoyama, I believe it was called Immigrant's Bar. What kind of immigrant parks his moped directly above the bar? With all the earthquakes Japan experiences, I'd hate to be the one with an obituary that says "Killed when a scooter fell on his head before he could order his Jack and Coke." People had recommended that I pay a visit to one of Tokyo's mega clubs, like Ageha or Womb; but I never had the opporunity. Maybe next time. In regards to the bottom image, every time two women pose for a picture, instead of "cheese" I instinctively say, "Start making out." At least one of them listened to the photographer.


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I thought pachinko parlors would be sad and seedy, but this one makes you feel as if you were entering a magical land of bright roses and half-naked anime creatures, cheerfully taking your hard-earned yen.


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Tokyo City Hall is fucking massive. It reminded me of one of those mountainous government structures in "Akira." Speaking of size, Freud would've had a field day with this two-headed phallic beast. There's a free observation deck on the tip of one of the penises.


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The dark side of Tokyo. The city's one big sprawling mass and earthquake safety limits the number of tall, soaring buildings. Therefore Tokyo lacks the defining, picturesque skyline of a Manhattan, San Fran or Hong Kong. Somewhere out there, millions of Tokyoites are washing their asses with squirting toilets.


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Sanja Matsuri, a major three-day festival, was going on while we were there. It's held by the Sensoji Shrine in Asakusa, which is at the end of the crowded street in the left photo. We stopped by on the first day, which meant we missed the third day. That's when these giant mikoshi or portable shrines are paraded down the streets, and yakuza walk around in loincloth showing off their body tattoos. But I did get to see monkeys. According to hipstomp, they're prayer request cards of some sort. Looking at the cards, I'm guessing the prayers are "Please let me give birth to happy monkeys," and "Please let me get a visit from a monkey wearing a yellow bishop outfit and carrying a gold goblet."


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Tokyo's the kind of town where my girlfriend would easily go broke within a week. A ton of cool shit to buy here. The glass beehive on the left is the Prada store on ultrachic Omotesando. That's me on the right, trying out some nifty shades in Daikanyama, another hip location. For some bizarre reason, I came this close to buying them - but then I thought, "Who the fuck am I kidding?"



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