Afterwork drinks in the Akasaka district (Minato). It’s refreshing to hear them all laugh and talk loudly (thanks to Sake) as people in Tokyo are mainly very silent in public space during the day.
Seated tables in the outer area of the bar, there’s just a plastic cover replacing the window, allowing for the fresher air of the street to sneak in. Outside, empty jugs of beer are stored. Akasaka district (Minato).
In the windows of most restaurants in Japan you’ll find those shokuhin sampuru (サンプル) — a term derived from the word ‘sample’ — they are super realistic fake food displays, used as a way to attract customers and provide them a sense of what a particular place is cooking.
Tokyo never sleeps, there’s always a cog moving in the machine. Working long hours is a way of life in Japan, there’s even a word for those who work themselves to death: Karoshi.