This counter (in Shinjuku Station, near the south exit) always looked like an American style diner to me and I think that was the idea. I always intended to eat there sometime, but tended to be in a hurry each time I passed it, and so had to just keep walking.
The other thing about the pre-cell phone era(s), is that when you were with someone, you were actually with them. Once everyone started carrying cell phones, typically people tune out the people they are actually with in favor of someone far away - connected to them via information flow via the electronic device.
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Part of the dark effect in these pictures is due to the weakness of early era image sensors, but the stations really were much less brightly lit then. They're so brightly lit now, you almost need sunglasses on them....
Walking down the street in Ikebukuro. Actually... this scene is pretty much the same now, although several new buildings have gone up on the right side of the road.
To be honest, I've used some out-of-focus stuff from auto-focus cameras before that (accidentally) turned out looking interesting, but with the analog cameras I used back then, I very quickly gave up on auto-focus (mainly due to it being way too slow for my purposes), so this (below) was by design. I had to mentally project for color though, as the (CRT!) display was in black and white.
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon