Sunday in Tokyo

April 27, 2008 at 5:04 pm 3 comments

Yesterday, we did our Japan man-on-the-street interviews. We talked to 25 people and visited four different parts of the city. We started in Sugamo, known as Grandma’s Harajuku. It’s a shopping center where most of the people are elderly and middle-aged women. Sugamo is also known for the Togenuki Jizo temple which is believed to remove the cause of many illnesses. Kenichi and Nanako thought this would be a good place to start as many people come here to seek help with their health issues. They were right. We talked to five people in this part of town, and ALL of them had a connection to cancer. Everyone was really lovely. We had a traditional Japanese lunch in Sugamo before moving on to our next location. It was delicious.

After lunch, we moved to Akihabara, also known as “Electric City.” There were so many people here, mostly in their early 20s, shopping and visiting electronic shops. Our next stop was Ginza, a very upscale shopping center. Everyone was dressed to the nines – in western garb and gorgeous traditional kimonos. Our last location was Shibuya. We went there at night to get the full experience. In two words – mind blowing! There were people everywhere, bathed in light and noise from huge multimedia screens and advertisements. It was like Times Square on crack. Nuts, sensory overload…but so cool! This is also the site of a famous scene from Lost in Translation. There is a six-way intersection in the center of Shibuya that alternates between cars and a sea of people crossing. Wilson got some awesome timelapse of people crossing the street and got up in the middle of the chaos.  We also did a few more man-on-the street interviews here.

It was a great day – the city has so many different looks and feels and we got a really good sampling. Here are some photos from our second day in Tokyo.

Today, we spend the day at the Wellness Community. We’ll be filming some of their programs and interviewing several cancer survivors.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beth  |  April 27, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I am beside myself with jealousy. Your pictures look so cool!!

    Reply
  • 2. Ron Kolenic  |  April 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    UH this is soooo awesome…do you need anyone to ‘carry your bags’…Japan is very close to my heart as I spent two years in Yokohoma) but spent many a day in Tokyo..enjoy and you must have a Saki for me.

    Thank you all for doing this – having 23M cancer survivors worldwide (ironically the size of the State of TX), dictates that the LAF do what you are doing.

    You are special folks!

    Reply
  • 3. Becky  |  April 29, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Reply

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