In this age of smart phones and dumb TV programs it is always nice to see people actually reading books. Many years ago one always saw immaculately and elegantly dressed people reading books, manga or newspapers while riding the Tokyo Metro. These days that scene is rare with most people, still elegantly dressed, exercising their fingers on smart phones.
Fortunately at Jimbocho 神保町 one still sees people reading in the numerous second hand book stores, tea houses and cafes. The famous Tea House Takano is also located here. After the hustle and bustle of Ginza and Omotesando, this area of Jimbocho is serenely peaceful.
Just buy a book, maybe a second hand one, and read and watch the world go by from a window of a tea house while sipping delicious tea. Possibly from Jun Chiyabari. Ah bliss!
Images: Books shops cum tea houses / cafe on the street leading to Tea House Takano in Jimbocho 神保町, Tokyo. (November 2012)