Did I mention the Tokyo is really really full of people?
I went to the Ginza area on this day not because I was looking for some swanky clothes or high end brands but I was still my little camera hunting quest. I was told there was a fairly well-known used camera shop here called Sukiya Camera.
When I found the shop, I spent some time admiring the cameras on display and laughing at the signs that declared "We don't sell new cameras here, don't ask" and "This is not a tourist information center, don't ask". I am paraphrasing but it was obvious the owner gets asked these things a lot.
Also on Ginza is the Apple Store. I used the demo iPads in there to check my emails and tweet. Hey, free internet is hard to come by on the streets of Tokyo, ok? I also added my site to the bookmarks bar on a few iPads there, just for fun.
There were a few more camera shops around the area so I didn't need to wander far to see my stuff. Film cameras are still used in Japan and you can find some really old gear in good condition here. Not all the prices are great but sometimes you get a bargain.
Nightfall and I am in the Shinjuku area. I grabbed a quick bowl of Yoshinoya beef rice for 280¥ and spent the evening browsing the colourful shops there. The Taito Station store was huge and had many arcade machines in there.
I stood with the smokers in the smoking area, mersmerised by the giant Yunika Vision screens on the Yunika building.
As I walked through the rows of dodgy shops peddling DVD screening booths, one shop made me laugh out loud. It was a nurse-themed shop and the dude standing outside giving out flyers wore a doctor's outfit. I guess they'll fix you up good in there.