September 18th, 2013 - Kawagoe department store rooftop kids' amusement area. It used to be that there were rooftop kids' amusement areas with various amusement park style rides (something similar in concept to miniature golf) on department store roofs all over Japan, but with declining birth rates and home entertainment they have been disappearing one by one over the years.
That history out of the way, I'm now sitting on a bench at one of the few remaining old style department store rooftop amusement parks. Being a weekday afternoon, you wouldn't expect it to be really busy, but still - there's a kind of melancholy sadness in an amusement park (however small) with very few people.
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon