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Tokyo concrete and cigarettes

Some cigarette breaks are considerably bleaker than other cigarette breaks.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


An old Tokyo barber turned bar owner

The fella in the photographs was a barber until he was 50, but he didn’t like it, so he became a bar owner instead. A job he has done ever since. For the last 24 years to be exact. Cooking and serving behind the little counter below. Those are the simple facts, but how long he will continue to be open for business is far less certain. His age of course is a factor, but with Tokyo residents now being asked to refrain from socialising in the evening, and a lockdown surely inevitable, it’s not hard...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Facebook Messenger preps Auto Status location type sharing

Facebook Messenger could soon automatically tell your closest friends you’re at the gym, driving, or in Tokyo. Messenger has been spotted prototyping a ported version of the Instagram close friends-only Threads app’s Auto Status option that launched in October. The unreleased Messenger feature would use your location, accelerometer, and battery life to determine what you’re up to and share it with a specific subset of your friends. But instead of sharing your exact coordinates, it overlays an...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Aol, Tokyo, Location Sharing, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong, Robby Stein, Instagram Threads, Facebook Messenger emoji status


The lockdown in Tokyo begins, sort of

Much debate has surrounded Japan’s post-Diamond Princess avoidance of the coronavirus pandemic — at least on the scale seen elsewhere, anyway. Has it been due to the general lack of physical contact in public? The pretty much standard habit of mask wearing perhaps? Or, has it always been a mere matter of time before the country succumbed? Despite the possible merits of those cultural traits, the latter now appears to be the case, with Tokyo’s governor requesting a soft lockdown at a press confer...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Tokyo


Influencers are seeing a big bump in affiliate link sales as ecommerce surges, but it could be threatened as major retailers cut programs

As efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak shutter brick-and-mortar stores and keep many people at home, online shopping is spiking.  Influencers and affiliate marketers who earn revenue by promoting ecommerce sales from their posts on social media are reporting up to a 30% bump in affiliate link activity in March. Affiliate marketing is one industry category that's growing at a time when many advertisers are canceling influencer campaigns, and travel and events-based revenue is shutting d...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Nordstrom, Instagram, Youtube, US, Trends, Walmart, New York Times, Tokyo, Coachella, Ken Burns, Box, South West, Seatgeek, Digiday


Kimono east meets west meets smartphone

A melding of cultures as well as imaginative smartphone storage. kofiwidget2.init('Support Tokyo Times on Ko-fi', '#29abe0', 'J3J51I68E');kofiwidget2.draw();
Tags: Travel, Photography, Culture, Tokyo


A tiny Tokyo shop with built in social distancing?

This tiny shop has appeared on these pages before, but up until taking the photo below, I knew absolutely nothing about it. A business, it turns out, that’s been there for half a century or so, and incredibly, the current proprietor has sat working in that very same spot for the last four decades. It’s also a shop that, despite its age and diminutive dimensions, is arguably ideal in the current climate. The owner has no colleagues, customers are kept very much at arm’s length, and money is pass...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


A timeless Tokyo bar and beret in shades of grey

Now and again it’s still possible to see a slice of Tokyo life that allows the past and the present to fit comfortably in one frame.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Little Tokyo standing bar looks

Some standing bars are horse-shoe shaped. Others are packed beyond belief. Plus the odd one or two are simply very small indeed.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


The sun setting on a shuttered Tokyo shopping street

A few months ago, I photographed and wrote about danchi, or Japanese public housing. Born in the 1950s and peaking around the early 70s, this massive building project created affordable and modern housing for the nation’s growing number of young families. Fast forward to the present day, however, and many of these once futuristic apartment complexes are more crumbling relics than sought after properties. The same also goes for the little shopping precincts that were an integral part of some dan...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Culture, Tokyo


Food delivered traditionally by bicycle in Tokyo

In a world of delivery motorbikes and Uber Eats bags, the sight of food being transported the traditional way is an increasingly rare sight. One only really seen in certain parts of the city. But just like the old adage about buses, after waiting ages to see one, two sometimes come along at once.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


A ‘Japanese only’ restaurant due to the coronavirus outbreak

Recently, the owner of the Tokyo restaurant below opted for a ‘Japanese only’ policy due to the coronavirus outbreak. In his tweet announcing the decision, he was at pains to stress that it wasn’t in any way discriminatory. Instead, it was simply a way to try and protect his family, staff and the eatery’s customers. A controversial move it has to be said, but one that doesn’t seem to have affected business, as on Monday (a national holiday), there was a long line of people waiting to get in. Al...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


French photographer explains how she was able to take photos of Yakuza bosses' wives

Photographer Chloé Jafé worked as a hostess in a Tokyo bar to meet and gain the trust of members of the Japanese mafia. Six years later, she published a photography book called I Give You My Life, which according to BBC, "reveal hidden sides to the wives of men in the Japanese underworld – including the tattoos that cover their bodies." Image: Vimeo
Tags: Photography, Video, Japan, News, Bbc, Tokyo, Yakuza, Chloé Jafé


Vacuuming concrete in Tokyo

Exterior concrete walls, it would seem, have a tendency to get a tad dusty.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


A dirty look in a grubby little Tokyo bar?

This old punk likes a drink, but he loves The Damned a lot more.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


View from Japan: How brands can make the most of Tokyo 2020 on social

There are now less than six months to go until the Tokyo Olympics. The city is wrapping up its preparations for the games, and with excitement building, sponsors and other advertisers can expect to witness huge passion from the Japanese people when it comes to the event. The sporting lead up has helped build this sense of anticipation. The recent Rugby World Cup in Japan was a bigger hit than expected among the local population. As the tournament went on, we saw enthusiasm grow to fever pitch le...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Russia, Sports, Social Media, Seo, Aig, Olympics, New Zealand, Tokyo, Nbc Universal, Thought Leadership, Twitter Instagram, YouTube Instagram


A misty forest in the far west of Tokyo

Distance-wise, the far west of Tokyo is only a couple of hours or so from the capital’s more central districts, but in contrast to the crossings and crowds the city is famous for, it looks and feels like a completely different world.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


Tokyo fashion and the merely functional

High-end fashion, and old age functionality.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Fashion, Tokyo


An old Tokyo video shop

Video may (or indeed may not) have killed the radio star, but what goes around, almost inevitably comes around.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


A Tokyo salaryman’s Monday morning walk to work

Sadly even the weather didn’t seem to brighten up this salaryman’s thoroughly miserable looking Monday morning.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


Board Question #92841: Dear 100 Hour Board writers, What are your top 5 ...

Q: Dear 100 Hour Board writers,What are your top 5 favorite songs?Extra credit: what's your favorite song that you're least likely to share with others? Maybe it's a guilty pleasure you don't want people to know you like, or an unpopular genre, or you have some other reason. Why the secrecy?- songbird A: Dear Songbird, My top 5 favorite songs mean what are the 5 songs that I don't skip over and play on repeat on my Spotify account at this very moment... So if you had asked this last week it wo...
Tags: Spotify, Utah, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Lorde, California, La, Disney, Billie, Chicago, Netflix, Canada, Ed Sheeran, Morocco, Broadway, Tokyo


Timeless Tokyo in monochrome shades

Towards the end of last year, I took a photograph from the same spot as the one in this post. It can be seen here should you wish to make a comparison. A photo that I probably prefer due to the subject’s expression. The visible smartphone, however, makes it very contemporary, whereas the shot below has a far more timeless feel. An element that in modern, rapidly changing Tokyo, is increasingly hard to achieve.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


Buddhist street musician surprise

Tokyo is a city of contrasts, as well as constant surprises, so even if you know what’s round the next corner, you never really know what you are going to see. It could, for example, be a Buddhist playing a bamboo flute. Or possibly even more unexpected, a foreign person taking photographs.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Religion, Culture, Tokyo, Buddhist


With a new LA office and a forthcoming creator studio, TikTok is poised to take on Instagram and YouTube (GOOG, FB)

Short-form video app TikTok just announced it would open a studio for creators. TikTok, which is owned by the China-based company ByteDance, also recently opened an office in Los Angeles and i for a US CEO. Building up US operations may be a sign that TikTok might be looking to take on social media giants Instagram and YouTube. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Short video app TikTok announced on Wednesday that it would open a content creation studio this summer. With a new ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Navy, Youtube, La, China, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Snapchat, Army, Tokyo, North America, Cnbc


Tokyo wrestler, a street portrait

One of the key benefits of living in Tokyo is that you never really know what — or perhaps more accurately who — is going to greet you round the next corner. It could be a man carrying a huge tortoise. Maybe even a young bloke in the shortest of very short shorts. Or in this case, merely a bare-chested wrestler taking a post-bout rest.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo



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