The city of Shimbashi is often mentioned in the media as a sacred place for Japanese businessmen called "salaryman". The word "salaryman" does not convey much vitality, but rather an image of a middle-aged man who is trying his best to get by in his daily life. I guess people think that such a dull feeling is appropriate for Shimbashi.
In fact, the Karasumoriguchi area near Shimbashi station is not very fashionable, with small pubs for men lining the streets around the shrine. The atmosphere is quite different from that of Ginza, which is just next to the Shimbashi area. But that is the character of Shimbashi and its charm. It does not follow trends. It does not flatter the young. It's a city where old men can feel at ease.
I stood at the SL Plaza in front of the station and watched the people coming and going. It was a peaceful afternoon. People were leisurely walking across SL Square. After a while, an elderly man with a hat appeared in front of me. As I looked at him, I realized that old salarymen are very suitable for this city.
|Apr 2020 PEOPLE TOKYO|
|BUSINESSMAN HAT SHIMBASHI|
April 22, 2020
RICOH GR III