How to be a Tokyoite – a Non-exhaustive List (Living Japan #7)

1. Walk fast, really fast.

2. Sprint a block to outrun a blinking green crossing light.

3. Run towards the closing train door (there’s a word for this : “kakekomi-josha”).

4. Squeeze into the fully packed subway.

5. Fit all of your stuffs in your 20 m2 “cat’s forehead” apartment. Have a try on minimalism and fail.

6. Curse the snow for delaying the trains, drenching the streets, and making the pedestrian way slippery; its beauty isn’t worth it!

7. Line up for an hour or two for a scoop of ice cream at that newly open shop, or a seat at that new Michelin-starred restaurant.

8. Don’t greet your neighbor. Don’t knock on their door to say hello when you’ve just moved in. Avoid sharing an elevator with them.

9. If you bump into someone on the way, give the quickest glance and say sumimasen as quickly as possible with a straight face. This is the best way to handle this inconvenient situation. Don’t stop to say sorry and smile.

10. Actually, don’t smile at all.

11. Wear a mask, literally and figuratively. Protect yourself from the cold, protect other people from catching your cold, and protect your makeup. It’s a must in workdays.

12. Bear with the rude taxi drivers. Somehow they’re allowed to drive recklessly – maybe it’s part of customer service.

13. Only speak in the train in the night time and/or when you’re drunk, even only slightly.

14. Go to izakaya after work every day, followed by an all-night karaoke if it’s a Friday.


How to Dress

1. Female, daily: tan trench coat in spring and autumn.

2. Male, daily: plain black or navy suit all year long.

3. Everyone, in winter: Canada Goose downs. Actually, wear them until early spring until you sweat inside them, you didn’t pay a thousand dollars only for three months.

4. Wear branded stuffs, extra point for young people for wearing Supreme or CDG.

5. Everyone, on the weekends: wear whatever you want. Go crazy! Wear whatever you want, be creative and  expressive, celebrate being a Tokyoite. These are the days to be alive!


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