Monday, March 15, 2010

"Walking in the Rain in Ginza" (100309-1536)

Walking down the main street in Ginza in the rain. When there were more small buildings on this street, I used to like walking down it, but now many of the buildings are large (owned by sellers of "brand" bags or whatever), and have men standing at the door to welcome customers (mainly women) and discourage photographers (fair enough, but sometimes it's creepy when you just look in the store from the street and some guy is staring back at you like a security guard - which he probably is). The larger the building, the tighter the security, and the less friendly the area becomes.

I used to think high-rises were interesting (nice view from the top, etc.), but I'm beginning to dislike them - they are increasingly becoming a kind of vertical gated community or gated workspace where everyone without a security badge is forbidden entry, and viewed suspiciously by security guards even when just walking by - minding their own business. If you had written about this sort of thing 50 years ago, it would have been nightmare science fiction....

雨の中銀ブラをする... 東京 (Recorded on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010, at 3:36 p.m.)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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