Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer in the City

 As blistering hot as it can sometimes be, there is just something about summer. The warm evenings are perfect for chilling with my sharemates or for walks in the friendly darkness, punctuated by the bon odori drums. People seem more relaxed, even those of us who continue to work... although I must say business distinctly peters out in July and August.

The utter bliss of stretching out in the breeze, windows wide open and curtains billowing, occasionally setting off the little furin (wind chime) with its supposedly cooling sound. Hidden amongst the rooftops of Tokyo's skyline there are terrace cafes and bars, where for the price of a mojito and a small dish of olives you can spend a few hours watching the sunset, while listening (in the case of the rather un-imaginitively named The Bar in Daikanyama) to running water and live music coming from the stage inside.


The chance to wear bright, billowy dresses which dance in the early evening breeze, and watch as the boys stare in awe as I float by (a tangerine dress and deep neckline will get you attention anywhere). All my hard work at the gym and running are now really apparent, and I want to show off a bit, darn it!

Yukata all around, and a seeming increase in the number of men wearing them (yay!). I really want to go hang out at a festival or fireworks display, get all dressed up in my own yukata and eat far too many takoyaki! Somehow, despite being in Ningyocho on the same evening, I managed to completely miss out on the Sumidagawa fireworks... It wasn't until we went into a great, organic tempura place (it is just around the corner from the station's A4 exit) that we were informed we had missed the big event, which also explained why so many people were running around in yukata!


Don't you just love summer evenings? 

6 comments:

  1. I love summer evenings, but unfortunately summer in germany is very disappointing...at the moment its so cold, that you can't relax outside.

    Your dress is fabulous!

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    1. True, I remember the Dutch summer... eeesh!

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  2. I agree: although it's almost a moral duty to grumble about summer in Tokyo, I do love it. Very much.

    I also love that tangerine dress. If you've got the cleavage (I don't) (sigh), please flaunt it on behalf of all of us, and show this beloved land there's more to being a woman than baring skinny thighs!

    PS: That last photo is heavenly.

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    1. Hahaha, there is trickery involved in that neckline. Running us great, but it does tend to reduce obe's assets...sigh

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  3. Organic tempura? Would happen to have a name/address for that place?

    They say that summer is Japan's truest season. I haven't been there in summer yet, but I kind of understand from seeing pictures and reading your post. Also from being there with warm temperatures (I went in winter but it was 22C out one day).

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    1. Hi Sonna,
      I donot have an address, but it is literally a minute away from Ningyocho's A4 exit. Coming out of the exit turn right, then left at the big street :) Their tomato ochazuke were also amazing!

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