Today’s Shibuya

In the inside, a soda advertisement with popular manga characters. On the outside, a sea of lights.


Todoroki Creek

If you ever find yourself in the middle of the city, freaking out with the ugly view of concrete buildings, I know something that may help you feel better: Todoroki. It's a small creek in Meguro-ku, a few feet next to the Ooimachi line train station of the same name. A long, thin green line... Continue Reading →

Admiral Fitzroy’s “Storm Glass”

This tool is called Admiral Fitzroy's Storm Glass. During the 19th century Charles Darwin, among others, was using it to predict weather conditions on board of a ship. Prediction is based on the formation of the crystals contained in the water. Clear water with crystals submerged to the bottom predicts clear weather, whereas crystals floating... Continue Reading →

Itsy Bitsy Spider

While walking around in Roppongi Hills, if you don't pay enough attention, you may end up in the net of a gigantic spider. Beware! Details: maman (1999), sculpture by Louise Bourgeois The artist said: [...] Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. [...] Like spiders, my mother was very clever. [...] Spiders are helpful... Continue Reading →

A tale of an irregular juice package

There is a steady hype about delicacies in Japanese convenient stores. My discovery this week was not a sweet, but a juice in rather peculiar packaging. Meet "tropical straight 100". Ignoring my initial reaction (that was something along the lines of "are they selling prepackaged blood serum for vampires now?"), this is actually a juice... Continue Reading →

Bontan Candy (ボンタンアメ)

Lately, I came across a strange citrus flavoured candy with an interesting twist, as expected from japanese sweets. Bontan candy is a mochi-chewy style square candy with pomelo and mandarin flavour. The candy comes in a small paper box and each candy piece is covered with transparent wrap. However hard you try to unwrap the... Continue Reading →

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