After our visit to Tsukiji Market (Tokyo Day 2 Part 1), we went to Ginza. Train Station: Ginza.
We got to at Ginza at 10:30 am.
This traffic light near Mitsukoshi Ginza played a fast musical tune each time the green man was on.
Hi-Tech Toilet – Otohime Sound Princess
I needed to use the bathroom so I went to the one at Mitsukoshi. Strangely, when I got into the toilet cubicle, an accommodating lady welcomed me to my Kingdom of Privacy. Birds were chirping merrily, anticipating my royal pee and, as I rested my bum on the warm toilet seat, a waterfall started gushing (ha!) about the sinuous fluidity of my urine. How weirdly comforting.
Luckily, this lady and her entourage of eager birds and flowing waterfall existed only as a recording in a device at the side of the WC. Yup, I just had my virgin experience with a Sound Princess (otohime). Apparently only female toilets are fitted with these devices, which drown unsavoury bodily noises by playing a more socially-accepted sound. I can finally fart in total comfort. Thanks Japan! ^-^
We witnessed the closing of Chuo Dori(Chuo Road) to vehicular traffic at noon. I believe the sign says the road is closed on Saturday and Sundays from 1200-1800 from April to September and 1200-1700 from October to March.
Left picture shows officers placing barricades and directing the last few vehicles away from Chuo Dori. Right picture taken a few minutes later.
Here’s a view of the part of Chuo Dori that was closed off to vehicles. Pedestrian heaven!
Canopied patio sets laid out in the middle of the road provided folks a shaded retreat from the manic shopping crowd jostling on the pavement.
We sat at one of the seats on the road and ate sushi bought from Mitsukoshi. We couldn’t find a rubbish bin to throw the empty boxes again!
Next, we visited Odaiba Marine Park (Tokyo Day 2 Part 3).