Ivy covers a parking tower in Kabukicho


Just looking at this parking tower covered in thick ivy makes me feel a little cooler. I wonder what creatures might be living inside.

Night view of freeway snarl at Tatsumi station


At night the shipping, warehouses, and freeway snarl of Tatsumi takes on a different feeling with more shadows. In the summer the air is cooler, and the mix of lighting creates a slick veneer.

Do wind chimes keep you cooler?

Japanese believe that wind chimes, particularly the sound of glass on metal, make you feel cooler in the summer. I am not sure if I agree, but it’s a nice seasonal decoration. When the wind is too strong on my balcony, I use a clothes pin to silence it.