Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bathroom Bliss: sometimes the best places in Toyko are the ones you would least expect

To me, Tokyo is like an old friend who just keeps surprising you. As soon as you think you have her figured out, something new and unexpected pops up. It was kind of like that when I found this bathroom in a quiet office building near the Shinjuku Sanchome station.

My original purpose was to locate a Tsutaya (bookstore) for some last minute shopping. My map indicated that there was one right outside the station, but when I got there they hadn’t even opened, so instead I opted for the Kinokuniya (another bookstore) across the street.
On my way back to the station, I couldn’t help but notice a curious Starbucks sign on the corner of the street, and thought I might as well stop in there for a latte. It turned out that Starbucks was actually on the second floor of this deserted office building, but at least they were open. After the Starbucks I decided to go to the restroom on the second floor. I leisurely walked in, and, to my amazement, found this:








Sometimes I like to chronicle the randomness:
Sequence of events that lead to restroom discovery:
  1. Tsutsaya (original destination) being closed
  2. Kinokuniya being located across the street from Tsutaya
  3. Starbucks sign being visible from Kinokuniya
  4. Me deciding to go to the bathroom after Starbucks
Coincidence Power ^ 4



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