Since I had several hours between Swank in Hiroo and The Button-Down Girl in Shinjuku, I decided to take one last look at Sugamo...known as the Harajuku for Senior Citizens. Just by chance, the neighbourhood was holding its annual Chrysanthemum Festival, so some of these flowers were greeting when I entered the main shopping arcade.
Yup, as I said, it's the Harajuku for Senior Citizens. If there were any more of these oldtimers walking at me, I would've gotten gerontophobia...the fear of old people!
A very elaborate gate to a temple inside the arcade. There was a flea market of sorts going on beside it.
Rather incongruously, there was a bit of hip-hop in this Mom n' Pop (like that, eh?) area.
The flea market also had a lot of old audio tapes for sale....and they were on my type of music...kayo kyoku. I was quite tempted to grab some of them....they had Seiko, Hiromi Iwasaki and Chisato Moritaka, but considering that I will probably not have any sort of access to a tape recorder in the near future, I held on to my yen.
A senbe shop...one of the must-haves in Sugamo.
This is one of the most famous shops in the area. It boasts that it is Japan's No. 1 shop for red pants...and other similarly scarlet wear. When a citizen turns 60, it's an auspicious age and it is often signified by the newly elderly wearing something red. Although I didn't see it yesterday, during my last visit here, this place also had a red brassiere on display, but I won't let you or myself imagine too deeply about any potential wearers.