There were lots of school groups. (The person with the red flag on the left was leading a class of school girls, and the elementary school kids in yellow hats on the right were about to climb the steps and go inside the Buddha). I heard some kids chatting about whether the Buddha was alive or not (there were passionate arguments on both sides) and whether anyone would be able to fit inside (one kid was convinced it was impossible).
There were lots of happy tourists, too. The non-Japanese tourists seem to like to strike a pose before the Buddha, whereas the Japanese visitors generally waft the smoke from the incense burner onto themselves and then pray.
Lastly, an elderly lady, who must have been in her eighties, mentioned she'd not been here since her schooldays.
Lots of people came in to shelter from the rain and watch the thousands of umbrellas, which are mesmerizing. I couldn't get a seat at the window this time, so I drew the people in the window seats as well as the view. As always, there were a lot of tourists eagerly taking photos and footage.
Fish in Akihabara
Akihabara yesterday evening (I drew this while sheltering from the heavy rain in a cafe-bar by the river.)
High school students and business people had their umbrellas up while heading towards the station. I wonder if the fish were enjoying the sound of the rain.
Starbucks have done a great job at attracting customers of all ages and many walks of life. It’s a great place for sketching. I wouldn’t be super surprised if a member of the Imperial Family walked in here.
I walked past the Apple Store in Omotesando today and couldn’t resist sketching it. With its high ceilings and spacious floors it’s one of the most inviting Apple Stores I’ve seen. While outside, I saw a couple of people in impressive cars pull up and have their Apple product carried to the car by the staff.
I went sketching in Yurakucho (in Tokyo) last night, which has a unique buzz in the evening with all the workers pouring out of the offices into nearby watering holes and trains.
I saw this guy praying at a shrine near the station--I wonder what he was praying for. I also noticed the lamps on either side of the shrine are similar to the one outside of the pub on the left.
The woman on the left ate her noodles carefully, the office worker in the middle wolfed his down and rushed out, and the student(?) on the right went back for seconds.
This is a sketch of Friday-night Kagurazaka in Tokyo from across the road from the subway station.
Lots of workers are heading home now after unwinding at the end of the working week in the izakayas and other watering holes around here.
There were a few goodbyes and hellos near the subway station.
I painted this after eating tempura here.
The guy on the left was waiting for his tempura (watching the cook pour sauce over it before being served), and the guy on the right was drinking some hot barley tea after finishing his meal.
The service is always superb here, even though it's super cheap.
I painted this in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam while watching people view the painting.
Customers eagerly awaiting their drop coffee
I sketched this in the Apple Store in Florence. It’s perhaps the most beautiful Apple Store I’ve been in—high ceilings, elegant ceiling lamps, relaxed staff, and a view to the piazza outside. Apparently Steve Jobs like the sidewalks in Florence and had stone from the same quarry used in each Apple Store.