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Queuing for Things in Tokyo, Part 1

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 3 April 2008 in Cityscape & Urban.

Japan is famous for its amazing food and the quality of its produce and restaurants. There is a truly bewildering and exciting choice of things to eat in the country, and Tokyo, as the capital, is a true gourmet paradise.

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

Vikram from Chandler, United States

Very good composition. Again I like the colours here.

3 Apr 2008 7:56am

@Vikram: Thanks Vikram.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Quebec, Canada

Nice street scene, and a bit ironic to start with a MacDo and talk about Tokyo as a gourmet paradise.... :-)

3 Apr 2008 11:58am

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Yes....

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Great street shot of people going through the paces of life. I don't like McDonald's food, well fast food on a whole, but I really don't like McDonald's.

3 Apr 2008 3:32pm

@Stunner: Yeah. I know what you mean.

Anthony from NYC, United States

This looks like the mcdonalds in nyc during lunch time although I've never seen one with an open entrance like that. BTW, what was everyone looking at?

3 Apr 2008 5:13pm

@Anthony: Can't remember Anthony. Whatever it was, I didn't take a photo!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

A line-up for McDonalds? They must be desperate for food.

3 Apr 2008 5:22pm

@Michael Rawluk: ...!

danthro from Suburbia, United States

and yet, despite all the great food, people still go to McDonald's? I don't understand why. They're everywhere, but i have yet to hear of anywhere that they're known for their quality gourmet food! ...nice street shot.

3 Apr 2008 6:06pm

@danthro: Thanks danthro.

Brites from Povoa de Santa Iria, Portugal

Nice street scene!

3 Apr 2008 7:56pm

@Brites: Thanks Brites.

standley from brou-sur-chantereine, France

Beautiful street scene. I am amazed by the colours!

3 Apr 2008 8:26pm

@standley: Thanks standley.

Will from Gainesville, United States

great street urban shot!

4 Apr 2008 3:22am

@Will: Thanks Will.

Dara from +, United States

where is the bike????

nice shot from a crowded area, warm and nice

4 Apr 2008 3:54am

@Dara: Thanks Dara. Just goes to show how effective bike locks are.

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Ah! I'm working backwards and have now had the sense of ironyt confirmed =D) I'm glad to see it is intended!

Everyone seems to be turning to look at something behind you, any idea what they were looking at?


4 Apr 2008 9:11am

@drphoto: Anthony above asked the same thing, I don't remember anything interesting happening at all, so maybe it was just a car tooting its horn or something...! I'm glad you picked up on the irony Dan...!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

When I came to Japan, 25 years ago, there were queus at bus stops,taxi, stations....but not for food! Mind you, I was coming from a country where one was queuing up for everything!!!!
What you've captured here is a scene at lunchtime when all places offering fast food or o-bento are crowded, just because they are offering inexpensive and fairly fresh food.
I like the feeling of the moment that you captured!

4 Apr 2008 11:09am

@Japanalia: Thanks Gabriela. No queues for food?! I can't imagine... how did you know if a restaurant was good or not?

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Like drphoto I'm working backwards and my irony detector is now sounding a continuous tone. As an American it is a tremendous disappointment for me to travel to other countries and find them populated by Pizza Huts, Burger Kings, McDonalds, and KFC chicken joints. I travel to foreign countries to enjoy the differences.

4 Apr 2008 3:24pm

@Twelvebit: Well, I have to say it's sometimes nice to indulge in junk food whether you're home or abroad - the incentive for having it is the same! Plus in Japan you can get mayonnaise and potato, or kimchee, on your pizza. And in Japan the black pepper mayonnaise and bacon and egg burgers are pretty good at McDs (try an internet search for the Tamago Mega Mac...). But of course there's plenty of other choices too! Mos Burger, Lotteria...

Steve from United States

Nice photo. I do much prefer Mos Burger. I wish Mos Burger was here in the USA. Even McDonalds in Japan is better than here; it has to do with customer service. The Japanese have customer service figured out.

7 Apr 2008 3:21pm

@Steve: It's true Steve...