However, my experience of Tokyo is completely different now, and that insane part of Tokyo only exists in part of my daily commute, and if I choose to frequent those areas. Nowadays, I prefer the atmosphere of my local community, which doesn't seem to fit in that Tokyo depiction. My Tokyo is all about narrow streets, traditional-style markets selling fresh fish sashimi and vegetables, lots of elderly people milling around, bicycles, covered shopping arcades, and train tracks appearing in the midst of the activity.
Sadly, many visitors never get to see that side of Tokyo, and only leave with that same insane image of busy, bigger-than-life Tokyo. It's Tokyo yes, but I'm not sure it's the real Tokyo.
|Fruits market in Shimo-Takaido|
|Melon bread factory. Not shop, but factory.|
|Keio line tracks, Shimo-Takaido|
|Fresh fish of all kinds and pushy old ladies|
|Bustling daytime Shimo-Takaido|
|Odakyu train tacks, Shimokitazawa|
|In a few weeks, Shimokitazawa station will be underground, sadly.|
|Last chance to see that familiar scenery, which I'll miss.|