POLICE, TOKYO

Near Roppongi there are a lot of police – all the time. I believe that this is due to it being a diplomat area. China, Korea, Qatar, Pakistan, Finland, Germany – there are a lot of embassies near our home.

Makes you feel safe, that is for sure – but it is also a little odd.

The police have these roll out barriers everywhere. These are used for crowd and traffic control. The odd things is that to hold a demonstration, you have to file a notice with the police (read more here) so they would have lots of opportunity to deploy these when required. Instead, they are on street corners all over Minato – accompanied by cones, large plastic boxes (containing who-knows-what) and these tire busting contraptions.

2014 05 02 Minato_-20

This is the Chinese embassy. There is always someone in that van idling with the air conditioning on. I had to snap this shot quick, they do not like photos around the Chinese embassy for some reason ….

2014 05 02 Minato_-21

Perhaps the street barricades are to lean on. Of course, no shortage of pylons.

2014 05 02 Minato_-32

And of course, the officer is properly masked – a truly Japanese custom.

TREE TRIMMING AND CONES, TOKYO

As I wandered around Chofu I started to get lost. Fortunately I had my iPhone and used it to locate where I was and where I had left the car. Somehow I had gotten quite far off track so I cut through a park to get closer.

I came across these gents heading out for work. They were trimming trees in their tiny little truck. There seems to be a lot of little specialty vehicles in Japan.

2014 01 25 Chofu_-12

You are not allowed to do a lot of things in the park. The “no golfing” was the one that caught my eye.

2014 01 25 Chofu_-63

I do not know why, but apparently this guy is a lucky man. Why does his poster have English on it? You have got me.

2014 01 25 Chofu_-8

I wandered past a train station. It seemed like everyone on the platform was looking at their phone.

2014 01 25 Chofu_-7

It never stops amazing me how many bikes there are in Tokyo. Probably one of the reasons why there are very few obese people in Japan, they all ride bikes (and don’t eat western fast food). The bikes are everywhere on the streets and at certain train stations, they even have their own parking lot.

2014 01 25 Chofu_-44

A friend of mine is constantly writing about the cone culture in Japan. They are literally everywhere and often, head scratchers. Cone madness.

The “this is a sidewalk” coning.

2014 01 25 Chofu_

The “garden in waiting” coning.

2014 01 25 Chofu_-47

The “please don’t walk into my air conditioner that is closely tucked away and you would never hit it anyway” coning.

2014 01 25 Chofu_-46

My final shots of Chofu. As you walk through Tokyo, a land of 40 million, you will also come across random plots of land that have remained farm land. This “farm land” is often crammed in between apartment buildings and 2 story houses that are 500 square feet per level (including land).

And like so many farmers that I know, they have a tough time throwing things out. You never know when you will need it …

2014 01 25 Chofu_-64

A greenhouse waiting for spring.

2014 01 25 Chofu_-60

Love the look of this building. I cannot begin to guess the age.

2014 01 25 Chofu_-65

A good wander.