A very long week

A very long week

Last week was a very long week…

Today’s configuration: Leica M Monochrom, Summicron 50mm f/2.0 and Summicron 28mm f/2.0, Yellow Filter.

The ShootTokyo Mobile

Shopping over the weekend…

Book store in Shibuya

Taxi #275

Taxi in Shibuya

Shooting around Jiyugaoka…

Jiyugaoka

You are welcome for my money…

Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka

Ho Ho Ho?  Wait!  It is only early November…

Christmas in Tokyo

Christmas in Tokyo

A few more examples of the excessive use of cones in Japan

The excessive use of cones in Japan

What exactly is he protecting the side of the lift from?  or us from?   I wonder if someone once saw that the right side was open on his lift and left their dolly there…

The excessive use of cones in Japan

Jiyugaoka Station

Jiyugaoka Station

No parking…and that means you punk!

Jiyugaoka Station

Jiyugaoka

Mutual lack of interest…

Uninterested

The Bake Shop

That’s a lot of love…

The Bake Shop in Jiyugaoka

2,850 Yen to be exact…

The Bake Shop in Jiyugaoka

Tuesday I needed to take a quick flight to Las Vegas for a meeting…sadly only the check in was Business Class.   One of the benefits of having 1,200,000 miles flown on Star Alliance.

Business Class check in at Narita Airport

Narita Airport

Narita Airport

ありがとう! Thank You!

Narita Airport

Narita Airport

Narita Airport

I stayed at the Encore.   I love Steve Wynn’s story.   As part of our meeting we had Tony Robbins come and talk to us.  It was my second time to listen to him in just a few months.  This was in a much more intimate setting of just a few hundred people.   His messages are very powerful.

The Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas

Encore in Las Vegas

Trump in Vegas

Out my hotel window…

Las Vegas

Hard Rock Cafe

After a short trip it was time to head back to Tokyo…

I was traveling back with my coworker and friend Michael and we had a horrible airline check-in experience.  Check his blog as he will be writing about it.  I am sure he will do a better job than me writing about it but let me give it a try.  After using the airlines very sophisticated self check in system we had two seriously complicated problems we needed help with.   #1 I needed a second bag tag and #2 Michael needed to enter his frequent flyer number.    I assumed, wrongly, that this is a fairly common task that airline check-in staff need to deal with.

Here is how the scene unfolded:

We went to line #1 and waited for about 8-10 minutes.  When we got to the front of the line we explain are very complicated requests.  The nice woman said she wasn’t trained yet and asked that we go to the other line.

We went to line #2 and waited for another 10-12 minutes.   When we got to the front of the line the man working the counter decided to move and work another station.

We wait for another 4 or 5 minutes and finally asked someone what was going on.  He said sorry he couldn’t help us but if we went to the other line they should be able to help us.

We went to line #3 and waited for another 8-10 minutes.  When we finally got to the front of the line we again explained our very complicated situation.    I got my second bag tag but then the women said that one of my bags was over by a few pounds and I needed to pay $100.  Before I got a chance to respond she already helped Michael enter his number.   We were moving fast even if it was going to cost me $100.  Then there was the most pathetic example of customer service I have witnessed in a long time.

Airline Check-In Lady: “Why don’t you have a bag tag on your bag?”

Michael: “I don’t know, they asked me to come to this line but didn’t give me my tag?”

Airline Check-In Lady: “Please go back to line #1 and get it”

Michael: “I just stood in three lines, are you really going to make me do that again?”

note: there is a long line again

Airline Check-In Lady: “Yes I am…”

Michael: “Can’t you just take the 5 steps and pick it up for me?”

Airline Check-In Lady: “That’s not my job”

Michael: “Are you kidding me?”

note: I probably didn’t help the situation as I laughed out loud.  It was an involuntary reaction. 

Long story short I didn’t need to pay my extra baggage fee.

Airlines never learn… make sure to watch the United Breaks Guitars videos if you haven’t already.

Las Vegas Airport

Michael is Canadian.   Strange breed.  I wanted to capture his anger…you know for documention purposes.   This is as angry as he could get.   You can see his happiness coming through…I guess they don’t have much to get angry about as a people.

The Angry Canadian

LAX

He did end up sitting next to a pro-golfer on the flight home so he became much happier…

Golfer

I was back home at 5AM on Sunday…I found my new favorite place: News Cafe in Jiyugaoka.

News Cafe in Jiyugaoka

Easily the best Clam Chowder I have ever had…and I’m from New England!

News Cafe in Jiyugaoka

News Cafe in Jiyugaoka

This is Kayoko…the lovely woman who runs the place.  It was her birthday so I sent her some ShootTokyo shirts.

News Cafe in Jiyugaoka

News Cafe in Jiyugaoka

News Cafe in Jiyugaoka

Ah…back in Tokyo.

Godzilla

Thanks for stopping by today…

PS – I won $600 playing Black Jack!

 

8 Comments

  1. Nice shots Dave and I enjoyed reading the story, however painful.

    Need to see more of your writing!

    John

  2. Hi Dave. I just watched a show called Seaside Cities (or something like that) and it was about Tokyo. As a long time reader of your blog, I have the impression that there is a ton to see in Tokyo. The show just blew me away even more. I think, from and outsider looking in, that there could be an entire lifetime of exploring Tokyo. Is that right? The amount of unique images you share never seems to end, I think I understand why after seeing that show.

  3. Thank John. I am always thinking I need to write more on my blog. Mostly it is just one liners…

  4. I like the picture of the girl leaning on the bike looking at her phone. Interesting composition!

  5. I definitely notice the distinct sharpness of these pictures as compared to black and white from your regular M9. I’m also curious how you got the shot looking back at train platform?

  6. As usual, I enjoyed your photos and musings Dave. Keep up the good work brightening our lives :)

  7. Thanks Stig… By the way. I scored a massive lot of discontinued Astia film. Let me know if you are interested in buying a few rolls.

  8. Thanks for sharing. re: Christmas in Japan, it seems to me that the shopping season begins earlier (the week before Japanese Thanksgiving last year) and is as crazy, perhaps more so than in the US. Is that your experience too?

    I was told that it’s because that time of year people get their annual bonuses and so the stores all want to draw in the bonus cash….

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