Love hotel lights?

Japanese love hotels offer a vast array of designs and devious delights, but for those after a bit of nature to add to their naughtiness, then the euphemistically monikered meeting place below could be right up their alley. A, ahem, healing space that magically conjures its customers from the concrete of the capital to the cold of northern Canada.

In fact, so fantastic is the effect, that it’s practically impossible to tell them apart, leaving many people baffled as to which is aurora borealis,

aurora

and which is a bath.

Japanese love hotel

Bygone Tokyo barbecues

After what felt like only a week or two of autumn, Tokyo seems to have well and truly waded into winter, resulting in the capital’s riverside barbecue retreats battening down the hatches and waiting for the weather to get warmer again.

However, whether it was due to either the climate or a considerable lack of customers, this secluded little spot appears to have closed for business at least several seasons ago.

Japanese barbecue

Meaning that as well rust being the only thing on the rack, the welcoming room or whatever it was is now little more than a ramshackle wreck.

Japanese barbecue

And, despite plenty of storage space, the only things left there now are leaves,

Japanese barbecue

and lopsided lamps.

Japanese barbecue

Plus, somewhat surprisingly, a sort of semi-suspicious canned clock and canister combination,

Japanese barbecue

although needless to say there’s now no need for any, ahem, alarm.

Japanese barbecue

A demise which in many ways is decidedly sad, as although it could do with a clean, in late summer at least it’s really quite a colourful little location.

Japanese barbecue

Japanese car sales saviour?

The Japanese car industry has been commanding for a considerable amount of time now, but although it’s not in the same near-collapse conundrum as a considerable number of its competitors, in reality things really aren’t that rosy, with Honda postponing production in some plants and Toyota suffering some sizeable setbacks.

At least one manufacturer, however, has decided to fight back, deducing that this decline may not be entirely due to the worldwide economic downturn, but could also have something to do with a dearth of desirable cars. A sense perhaps that pragmatism rather than pleasure has bored would-be buyers. And as such, it has sensationally opted to spur sales by making its product action-packed as well as appealing.

Exciting Japanese car

Apparently.

Japanese bowl-based bistro

When dining on delectables doled out in dishes, it’s sometimes nice to sit in suitably styled seats.

Tokyo restaurant

Allowing one to boast,

Tokyo restaurant

although it’s a bit of a mouthful,

Tokyo restaurant

about eating from a bowl in a booth that’s a bowl.

Tokyo restaurant

Tokyo racecourse relief

As Japan is now once again officially in recession, it could result in Tokyoites attempting to stoically tighten their brazenly branded belts, or instead see them simply head straight to the track, have a bet, and boldly say balls to it.

Tokyo racecourse

Especially as Tokyo Racecourse’s terrifically towering homage to the horses packs a panic parrying amount of pomp,

Tokyo racecourse

pink,

Tokyo racecourse

as well as pomp and pink.

Tokyo racecourse

Those pinkest of shoes only outshone by the ostentatiousness of that TV, which, covering a size comparable to three tennis courts, makes it the biggest box in the world.

World’s biggest television

A breathtaking beast that can only be countered, at least in the colour stakes, by the silliness of the stadium staff’s suits.

Tokyo racecourse

Decadent displays, as well as downturns, that this fantastically featured fella has presumably seen more than his fair share of,

Tokyo racecourse

although it goes without saying that his wealth of winners may still be wanting.

Kentucky Fried festivities?

As Christmas decorations have been common in the capital for quite some time now, it’s not really surprising to see fried festivities now forcibly pushed to the fore,

Japanese KFC Christmas

with premium picks,

Japanese KFC Christmas

as well as more basic barrel-based buffets available.

Japanese KFC Christmas

All cleverly coupled with commercials that are almost as sickly as what’s being sold.*

And of course Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas (even though it’s not even nearly Christmas) without the practically traditional practice of cosplaying colonels.

Japanese KFC Christmas

*This is last year’s commercial as the current one hasn’t been illegally uploaded yet, although rest assured they are very similar, with grinning and grease the main ingredients.