There I was
just taking a quiet walk to the Meiji Shrine (Tokyo's most important
Shinto holy place) when I started to feel that I wasn't the only
one who stood out from the crowd...
a Sunday morning is a magnet for all those who love to dress up
and parade around in bizarre costumes (the current theme seems
to be black!). Anyone wishing to pass through the huge main gates
to enter the shrine grounds must cross this one bridge where the
dressings rooms are situated.
a few exceptions, but punk is the popular theme currently. Sabotaged
lacy school uniforms were also quite common, and naturally there
was the token camera crew and amateur pop group fighting the background
drone of traffic.
dressing up is not unusual - but this is something special being
completely un-organised (it just "happens"), and of
course because it is situated at the gates of such a holy place.
It's a well known spot for silent performers from all over Tokyo
- watch out for me in my fluffy white bunny-rabbit costume next