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Your IP address will be recorded. Recommend this entry Has been recommended Send news. Log in No account? Create an account. Remember me. Facebook VKontakte Google. Previous Share Flag Next. Tokyo pops and booms with sex, money and glamour It's worth re-iteriating -- Tokyo really is, for me, the most exciting city in the world. I feel fully alive when I'm here, switched on. It's something to do with sex, of course -- the place just crackles with an extraordinary sexual energy I find nowhere else, an energy of casual glances as people mill and crush and mingle on trains, on streets, in malls.
Girls are wearing black pop socks right now that stop a couple of inches beneath the hem of short, short skirts and it makes me more or less pop! It's something to do, too, with the feeling that you live here in the present -- no old buildings -- yet the past ritual, ancient costume and the future the talking police sirens! And it's something to do with no longer finding consumer capitalism toxic here. God knows, my puritan presbyterian socialist side tries, but sitting eating a lunchbowl, watching crowds arriving at Tokyo Midtown, I just can't find it in myself to despise the people flocking to the place in their expensive finery, smiles lighting up their faces, taking photos in front of the corporate sculpture as if the place were a Shinto shrine.
In fact, Midtown is a shrine -- a shrine to bubble-style boom. Everything is breath-takingly expensive. There's a chocolate shop where the chocolate has jewelry prices. And people are buying it. The price itself is the selling-point -- and, for a few seconds, you taste not just chocolate but refinement and the widening gulf between yourself and the classes of people who can't savour this stuff and luxury and sensuality and extravagance.
If you want to celebrate chocolate more, head to the Issey Miyake Pleats Store for eccentric and gorgeous truffle-brown ruffle clothes, or over to the Design Site museum, where there's a show themed around the stuff.
Japan is booming again, just as it was in the 80s. But this time the money is coming from China. As Japan surfs the extraordinary wave of affluence coming from its nextdoor neighbour, there's a sense that Japanese are becoming slightly more "Chinese" in their optimistic rush to shop, to acquire. That's the vibe I get at Midtown, anyway, the new Mammon. It's actually located in my least favourite part of the city. I hate Roppongi because it's full of foreigners.