Monday, February 6, 2012

Sluts, Madame and hags, a trip through the girls of Tokyo with the Ginza line

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The Ginza line is probably the subway I hate the most apart from the Oedo line. If I don't have my facts completely messed up, I believe it's the oldest subway of Tokyo. Not old in a good "oh, I feel the wings of history" way, but old in a bad way like that half crazy old lady in your neighbourhood. The stations are old, dirty with low ceilings make them a bit claustrophobic. Also the stations were built at a time when hundreds of thousands of Salarymen did not yet experience the joy of the morning commute through the subway, so the trains are short with few cars and thus almost always crowded, even off peek hours.

But I can at least handle this train line, I don't enjoy using it but it does it's job in getting me from point A to point B quickly. The interesting thing about the Ginza line is how it starts from Shibuya, goes all the way through central Tokyo, including the posh Ginza district and stops at Asakusa, part of the old Tokyo. 

It also makes it quiet interesting to see how the clientele of female passengers changes as the train goes from Shibuya though Ginza. The girls getting on in Shibuya consists mostly of the "fashionably slutty" (for "trashy slutty" you need to go to Shinjuku) young girls into the "gal"-fashion. But as the train make it's through Tokyo the "gals" start to get replaced with the more posh and elegant Ginza ladies crowd with expensive brand handbags and elegant fashion sense. The point where the to types of women mix is a fascinating, albeit brief time, it's almost like seeing two worlds collide. Two things that are not meant to meet, something like seeing lions and zebras play or like a silver age JLA/JSA crossover.
Then as the train goes further, again the females change from the Giza ladies to the regular mix of Tokyo girls and women and then finally into the old hags of Asakusa. It really is a fascinating journey of girls/women to take. It should be noted that the salarymen are exactly the same across the whole line so it might not be as an interesting journey for the ladies...

9 comments:

Chris said...

Man...that sounds like entertainment right there!
I prefer the elegant (expensive) women over the young clueless chicks 10 times outta 10!!

TheOctopus said...

"off peek hours"? Are those the times when the trains are less full of salarymen with miniature cameras built into their shoes?

TheGhost said...

I have used that line a few times and you are exactly right. Although, I cannot help but check out the hot young gals from Shibuya. Unlike your average J-salaryman, I am able to resist the urge to sneak an upskirt photo op. The eye candy is gravy all the same.

Evacomics said...

I should join the Ginza crowd with my miu miu or bvlgari bag someday...haha.

kathrynoh said...

Those posh, expensively dressed ladies never seem happy though do they? I wonder if it's because their husbands are spending their time and money with the slutty girls of Shibuya. Or maybe that's a blessing!

Mr. Salaryman said...

Hey People, first of all, really sorry for my slow response, stuff has been a bit busy at work and with the family!

Chris - Yep, I agree with you 100%, but not sure about those Ginza-girls, they seem to have a very high maintenance cost ;)

Octopus - I dunno Octo, for fondling and picture snapping I think that the Ginza line is not really optimal as those girls travel off the peak hours when it's harder. Let's all stay with the Tozai-line instead, shall we?

Ghost - I'm not too excited about the Shibuya "gals" but it's getting a lot better compared to a few years back though, the fashion is getting a little better. But hey, power to you and can't deny that there are gems there too!

Eva - Just ONE brand bag? They'll see right through you! One bag is just the beginning, then you need some fancy jewelry and clothing too ;)

Kathryn - Yep, I bet they are on a payroll to keep calm and happy while the husbands are out hunting younger sluttier prey

Anonymous said...

Hej där. Jag vet inte om jag har skrivit till dig tidigare men jag läste din blogg ganska länge som man kan göra när man hittar något intressant när jag upptäckte att du är från SVERIJÄH. Blott av den anledningen skriver jag till dig på svenska. Sen, vem vet, det kanske är ett välkommet avbrott till japanska och engelska? Eller lär du lillungen svenska? Nu till min fråga. Jag har som lite suddig framtidsplan att bosätta mig i japan under halvlång tid. Så till min lika suddiga fråga: Något tips på vad man kan hitta för jobb /projekt där som gör att man faktiskt kan finansiera det? Eller, om du inte har det, hur gjorde du?/27-årig byråkrat

Mr. Salaryman said...

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Tam Roman said...

Haha I'm less of a fan of the Hibiya line, particularly the Roppongi stop. That's where a lot of trashy, douchebag foreigners get on. I usually sink into my seat and hide under my fake black hair out of embarrassment :)

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