RX1 ∣ Tokyo ∣ 04 June 16, 2013 01 ∣ People02 ∣ Transport03 ∣ Structures04 ∣ Life Part 4 is called "Life". It's essentially a collection of images I wanted to share but didn't quite fit elsewhere. Enjoy. These were the most common toothpicks at the restaurants I visited. Love how a side retains the bark. The payphones in Tokyo are so much more friendly than the brutal steel boxes in most countries. Another payphone found at a restaurant. A Pantone branded smartphone. Guessing it comes in multiple colors? It seems that every manufacturer builds Japan specific models. This is an LG. A design classic, the Infobar launched in 2003. It's a part of the permanent collection at MoMA. The Infobar 2. The latest Infobar, the A02. I enjoy the lack of branding. Fairly thin, nice tolerances. The A02 doesn't impress with specs but has some neat touches like this bubbly scrolling animation. Heaters at the ±0 Showroom. At Ito-ya in Ginza - a massive stationary store. Muji sells everything here, including cosmetics. A "health drink" called Oronamin C. I bought it to see how the cap opened. One of my favorite Japanese icons. Shu cream puffs from Créme de la Créme, located in Omotesando. I love how the packaging reflects its contents. Highly recommend Créme de la Créme. Some of the best pastries I've had in my life. Attention to detail and appreciation of purity. A bit of a warning - good espresso is surprisingly hard to find in Tokyo. Coffee shops are rare and mostly focus on drip coffee. The Japanese are masters of presentation. Curry udon. Doesn't sound that appealing but it's delicious in practice. Waiting for dinner. I've never liked soba but it turns out that I've never had good soba. This was stunning. Super juicy meatballs at Satou in Kichijōji. These semi-disposable clear umbrellas are everywhere in Japan. A parking garage in Ginza. A cyclist in Ginza. Even loading docks are clean in Tokyo / somewhere in Shibuya. Sidewalk traffic during the day in Shibuya. A monument of Hachikō. Otousan, the cellular company Softbank's mascot. Helpful signs directing to the Ghibli Museum. Sadly, the museum was a bit of a disappointment. Beautiful characters at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Cigarette vending machines are quite ubiquitous in Tokyo. Of course, they require identification for purchase.