Monday, October 26, 2009
Won't Miss #65 - little or no public seating
For a city where people rely mainly on walking to get where they're going, Tokyo has very few public benches or places to sit down for a short while and take a load off. When I first moved here, there was the occasional, rare bench, but all of them were removed at some point. Now, you're lucky to find some architectural element that you can rest on for awhile. In fact, some areas are specifically designed to make sitting down uncomfortable to discourage people from resting on them.
I won't miss the absence of places to rest your tired feet in a city that tends to require a lot of lost shoe leather to get around.