A familiar sight everywhere in Tokyo, looking out from my building’s webcam (below), I can see the many blue plastic tarps of the homeless camped that dot the riverbank below Denenchofu, the Beverly Hills of Japan.
Everyone here pretends they are not there, but I was pleased to see today that there’s a new book, Tokyo Blues, documenting them for the first time. And, more importantly there’s in a free PDF version of the book to download free of charge (5.3 MB).
—Tokyo Blues website
Somehow I felt like I had a strange connection to Tokyo Blues.
If you are like me, often you run across a website that reminds you of a person you haven’t thought of for years…especially a hot acquaintance. Today, while reading Boing2, I ran across this book about the ubiquitous blue tarps of Japan by “Nurri Kim,” which made me reminisce, “Hmm, I remember a ‘Nurri’ from six years ago—What a hot babe—I wonder what she’s up to now?”
Upon reading the PDF version I noticed that Adam Greenfield wrote the afterward of Tokyo Blues. Damn, I know Adam and Nurri! I even attended their Marriage-&-Escaping-the-Concrete-Horror-of-Tokyo going-away party. Small world.