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One of the downsides to living near Akihabara is the last of good markets and shopping streets (商店街) that make daily shopping for household needs easy. I tend to head up to Okachimachi when I need to do that kind of shopping. But one concession is the Iwamotocho/Higashi Kanda Family Bazaar held every few months. For a few consecutive weekends, a backstreet I blocked off and local and gypsy stores can set up shop right on the street. Lots of clothes, shoes, cleaning products, used computers, etc. Basically a big flea market. Not your typical Akiba style event, you see mostly housewives looking for a bargain. Still it brings a fun family style atmosphere into a normally quiet industrial area. It’s set to run all weekend just south of the Kandagawa Izumi bridge near the Showa Dori exit of Akihabara station. Worth a stop if you are a garage sale/flea market fan.
About to slam into Okinawa at full strength, typhoon Songda (known in Japan as Typhoon #2), is on a direct course to hit Tokyo sometime tomorrow. By passing over southern Japan on the way, some of the strength should dissipate, and typhoons are notoriously difficult to predict, so it could be nothing much by the time it gets here, but either way we are expecting dark skies and lots of rain this weekend.
Been trough quite a few typhoons in Japan and they can get pretty scary. High winds have been known to blow cars and trucks around and they can turn the stone tiles used to shingle Japanese roofs into 5 pound projectiles. Typhoon season can go well into late fall, so it’s looking to be a dramatic start to what will surely be a very interesting summer.
Tokyo Sky Tree is coming along and will soon be complete. I am getting used to it’s look now and liking it’s presence on the skyline more and more each day.
Shot this from Ameyokocho, a maker street just south of Ueno station. The tower is a few kilometers away, but still makes a pretty big impression.
Thinking of heading over soon to take some pics close up.