After effects of the Fukushima disaster in Tokyo: “While bottled water is still hard to find and the huge video screens in Shibuya remain dark, some inhabitants of Tokyo are beginning to return to their usual joyous style. One Harajuku fashion plate, pointing to his outrageous shirt and huge pendant, wondered out loud if it’s O.K. to be having fun. In the days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the city most creative dressers ditched the pastel colors and heels, and Japan Fashion Week canceled its events. Now a sense of normality is creeping back, as more fashion companies re-schedule their shows and Tokyo’s youth put their all-black ensembles in the closet. Said Kento Koizumi as he brushed a streak of Smurf-blue hair out of his eyes, “Tokyo should be strong for the people in Sendai.” Rebecca Willa Davis, N.Y. Times, 4-17-11
Two monkey waiters in Japan, Yat-chan and Fuku-chan, are serving customers at Kayabukiya, a local hangout just north of Tokyo. Tourists, from around the globe, are flocking to see them. Leave the bananas at home. These simian staffers prefer to be tipped with boiled soy-beans. Yum!