so, tokyo. i'd been a couple times before but the last time was about 20 years ago. aside from that, my knowledge of tokyo began and ended with narita airport, a frequent layover on my way to taiwan. basically, i knew nothing about tokyo except for what everyone was telling me, which was mostly stuff about how amazing and interesting and exciting it was. my impressions: i loved that every train/subway station has a totally clean and very usable bathroom. we all know the value of a clean public toilet. that's an important part of enjoying one's vacation, don't you think? that alone made it a pretty cool place. anyway, onwards. another great thing about toyko was yoyogi village. it's an interesting spot right outside the jr yoyogi station, an entire complex of galleries, restaurants, cafes, and businesses all within a park-like atmosphere. the plant life was really impressive - there were all kinds of plants from different regions, and they were labeled with information and their country of origin. we went on a sleepy, rainy weekday, so it wasn't too crowded, but there were a few people in each cafe hanging out or working on their laptops.
we wandered around a bit, checking out the restaurants and stores and popped into pour-kur, the bakery on the premises.
one mile wear by urban research is the only clothing shop in the village (that i could see). it carries "pre-organic" (??) clothing in minimalist styles. like all the other stores we went into on our trip, it was beautifully designed.