Kristin and I jumped over to Tokyo for a few nights last summer. While there, we had a great time, checking out a bunch of amazing stuff. Tokyo immediately vaulted towards the top of our list of favorite cities. I took thousands of pictures, but some of my favorites are from the cute, or kawaii, side of Tokyo.
We prowled the shopping district of Ginza, bathing our eyes in untouchable Hermes bags, eating delicious baked sweets, and racing into toy stores to buy stuffed capybaras and to gawk at the multiverse of cute shoehorned into every floor. We hit the apex of cute at Hakuhinkan Toy Park and just sort of rode the tide all the way back to the Haneda airport, where we departed, better for having visited Tokyo.
You start seeing things and it just seems normal. "Of course," you think, why wouldn't Elmo be sitting at a table inside a bank seemingly in the middle of a conversation about CDs? Why wouldn't the emergency exit explanation in the subway include an exit diagram with dinosaurs and other interesting trappings? Japan seems to stamp some badge of character onto anything, and it is refreshing, and usually pretty damn cute.
Enjoy the pictures.