Tokyo

“Tokyo is too close up to see sometimes. There are no distances and everything is above your head – dentists, kindergartens, dojos and temples. Even the roads and walkways are up on murky stilts. An evil-twin Venice with all the water drained away.” – Unknown

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Home, Sweet Home

Jinbocho “The Town of God’s Protection”

Jinbōchō is a neighborhood of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, known as Tokyo’s center of used-book stores and publishing houses, and as a popular antique and curio shopping area.

  • Raijin’s Tea and Books

This 5 story, narrow bookshop is one of the few surviving buildings from the 1913 fire that destroyed most of the neighbourhood. Tucked away in one of the varying backstreets, a single doorway opens to a cluttered and musty smelling store of varying esoteric titles.

This is the sanctum for the Tokyo cell of the Quiet Cabal, an operating business run by the father and daughter team, Michio and Yumi.

The fourth and fifth floor is reserved for the operatives, a secured area that includes beds, a small training area and a kitchenette. There is also a basement that was installed by the previous cell but no-one currently knows what is in there and how to gain access.

  • Chiyoda Fire-station

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Shibuya

The name “Shibuya” is also used to refer to the shopping district which surrounds Shibuya Station, one of Tokyo’s busiest railway stations. This area is known as one of the fashion centers of Japan, particularly for young people, and as a major nightlife area.

  • Mushi-Kun Super-fun-happy-time Karaoke and Sake Bar

A popular place in the trendy area of Shibuya, it draws both cashed-up foreigners looking for a “Japanese Night Out” and wealthy business men and low-level yakuza. Despite the bright appearance, the interior has many a quiet, private sanctum where business is done and shameful singing J-Pop can be done with gusto.

The staff, like most hospitality places, are changed frequently but one hostess is wildly popular and a good source of local knowledge. Kamiko has known Pax for sometime and she has more than once pointed out rich, drunk foreigners who were ripe for pick-pocketing.

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Other Sites of Importance

Ueno Zoo

Tokyo

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