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Analogue Adventures – Tokyo, Japan 1985 – Day 3

All photos taken on May 13, 1985.

Our hotel was located in the Shimbashi district, an area full of freeways and unique buildings. This was our last day in Tokyo and we had lots more to see and do. We soon found our subway station and travelled to…

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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

9 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Tokyo, Japan 1985 – Day 3

  1. What a fascinating city and adventure for you. We tend to seek places to visit where there will be minimal crowds (no people at all would be great) but we would love to visit Tokyo someday. I think the hustle and history of the beautiful city would be fun, and we would definitely want to try the restaurant where you ate on your last night, if it’s still open. I bet it is since it sounds so popular.

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    1. Tokyo always amazes and overwhelms. I did a series of posts on this site from our 2009 trip where we spent most of our time in Tokyo. Feel free to go back and take a look. Even in the hustle and bustle, there are many Oaises of calm. Tonki is a chain and there are quite a few still open. Here is the Google maps link to the one we ate at. Now I am hungry. Thanks for reading. Allan 😊,139.7054353,14.91z/data=!4m16!1m9!2m8!1stonky+tonkatsu!3m6!1stonky+tonkatsu!2sTokyo,+Japan!3s0x605d1b87f02e57e7:0x2e01618b22571b89!4m2!1d139.6503106!2d35.6761919!3m5!1s0x60188b1927d7963d:0xe69392b1bde0e4f7!8m2!3d35.6336079!4d139.7142679!15sCg50b25reSB0b25rYXRzdVoQIg50b25reSB0b25rYXRzdZIBE3RvbmthdHN1X3Jlc3RhdXJhbnSaASRDaGREU1VoTk1HOW5TMFZKUTBGblNVUmxiM05YVjI1QlJSQULgAQA

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  2. How cool that you managed to snap a photo of sumo wrestlers! Is sumo still one of the most beloved sports in Japan? I’d say watching a sumo tournament is a fun experience and a great introduction to the fascinating sumo world. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. It was a lucky happening for sure. We just happened to be walking by as they took a break from the tournament. We went to a day of sumo matches in September 2009. Sumo is still a sport only now, many competitors are from outside Japan… Bulgarian, Russian, Hawaiian, Samoan, etc. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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    1. AT that time, we did not know any better. Our travel info sources were all paper based, brochures, tour books and travel agents. I still loved building a trip from scratch. That is a very good question. I would suppose some might, just like many kids want to be hockey or football players. Sumo wrestlers do not have long lives, as a rule, given their high calorie diets. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Allan


  3. Allan, I just LOVE the shot of the family. I want someone to track them down for us and see what they look like now. To know whether they’re all still all around and what kind of lives they’ve had. You can see that they are good people just from the photograph. Sensoji Temple is gorgeous and that little market in front of it so full of life. I also spent some time in the Sumo District where my buddy and I got to see a private wrestling performance. It was really something else. Funnily enough, I also have memories of grumpy wrestlers getting fed up of being photographed on the street. Or being asked to be in a photo with someone. Tonki Tonkatsu sounds like an absolute blast.

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    1. Apparently, curiosity during travel works both ways. With our height and blonde hair (I know, my current hair colour is transparent) we were often singled out by people wanting photos with us or wanting to practice their English. We did not exchange contact info with that family, but we did enjoy each other’s company. In 2009, we attended a day of sumo matches and that was a real cultural experience. But the grumpy Sumo still cracks me up. How could a guy wearing a bathrobe and a diaper not be grumpy in public. Tonki’s was a real institution and my Patty still makes tonkatsu as one of our favourite meals. Thanks for reading and commenting Leighton. Happy Monday.

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