Listen: How small coincidences can make seemingly impenetrable cities feel a little more welcoming
"Week. We find solace a stiff drink and an old acquaintance in Shibuya buoy yet. Tokio and learn how small coincidences can make seemingly impenetrable cities feel a little more welcoming his Monaco's Kiara Ramona specific. Look at people. independ- give you when you tell them. It's the first time you've ever been to take you. It's the visual equivalent to here. We go again the first time you see. Everyone is wide-eyed captivated by lights. The crowd the noise the constant jingles blaring out of stations. Buildings elevators escalators shops. Trains streets to a Gagen Asian. The Japanese term for foreign. The city feels enormous and mesmerizing. It feels like a brand new world where it's easy to disappear and so it was for for me walking through the neighborhood of Chablis on my maiden voyage waiting at a street lights of the area's famous crossing surrounded by hundreds of people. Ready to step onto the Tomek Doc. The assumption for the Newbie and who has never been to take you is that this is a fast moving city of skyscrapers and almost impassable modernity but it takes a little more than string of the Shibuya crossing for a couple of hundred meters to realize that really. This isn't the whole story. It was late evening when my trusted dinner companions and I finally left the sober restaurant we were at and ventured in search of a buffer Sunday night cap on meanderings didn't initially really yield results instead leading. US Old way back to that famous crossing and just a little beyond PAS- flyover tucked behind the railway tracks. A small low built alleyway adorned with London's appeared along it where a cluster of microscopic Baaz one of the other. Some were already closed even even take your gets it Sunday evenings after all but some were still open still finding the seat. Even at that time of night was far from easy. Most of these vows does are so small. They consist only of a counter inobound cat where maximum of four zero five people can squeeze onto nicknamed Non Bay. Your coach life. Drunkards Ali this stretch of to narrow parallel streets was once almost exclusively people with middle-age salaryman from the nearby offices looking for wind down drinks before getting on the train home today number. Your coaches forty odd bars. Welcome people of all ages and of course their fair share of tourists yet. Somehow they're tom remains largely intact. If that's the case that's mainly because of the encounters and conversations that such a close setup inevitably leads needs to Shibuya is is not the only place of this kind in Tokyo or in the country. Similar streets hide and Shinjuku Ebisu. Shimbashi many have have their origins in the nineteen fifties when black markets for food popped up close to the city. Strange stations progressively Baas and casual restaurants. or It's a kayak. Yes took their place instead while earlier. On in the evening the streets sizzle with the smell of victory depends on version of meat skuas. Later at nights they become the reign of the skilled bomb and who as one man operations of indulged and entertained their small cohort of patrons Sambas. Ask for a cover charge. Many have a little room upstairs where people rigorously shoeless can hold up for the evening. We sheepishly approached an establishment that appeared to have a a few spare seats and peaked in to see who are drinking buddies for the evening would be to my disbelief sat at the counter of this tiny nameless bar in. Shibuya on Sunday night was an acquaintance lives in Bergen. Who I met in Florence and who I hadn't seen in years we sketched in the by women. Started carving ice with a knife in empathic blocks for whiskies in all six. It's hard to remember now. Little Party of five had struck up an enthusiastic friendship. Coincidences are powerful. Things they wake us up to the fact that a world that seems huge sometimes isn't that must've after all in Tokyo. It made us realize that. This city is far from an impenetrable algebra forest of shiny buildings. Take Your House Nooks House corners. It has places where people come together other an intimate and unexpected ways and they are everywhere. The bill came up to three thousand yen ahead. Waiting cash gotten a receipt said goodbye and walked off into the early morning. Chaba crossing felt a little less busy than"