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STREET TALK

Seiji Wago

SEIJI WAGO/
SOBA DELIVERY PERSON
I' always finding cans and cigarettes in my basket, and one time I even found a bicycle seat! I throw it all in the gomi. I use my basket not for garbage but to pick up empty lunch boxes from offices around Akasaka.



Grandpa

GRANDPA/
GRANDFATHER
Nobody ever leaves anything very interesting in my basket; usually empty cans, rubbish, junk ads. I just throw it all away. I sometimes use my basket to carry things around, like big toys and tricycles. Today? Some sweet donuts for the grandkids.



Emi

EMI/
PART-TIME WORKER
The most interesting rubbish I've found in this basket so far is advertising flyers. What do I do with them? Why, move them to another basket, of course! The biggest things I've carried in this basket are futons and pillows: I used to work in a futon-cleaning place and had to use this bike for deliveries!

Basket Cases

Photos by Pia

Recycling is easy. No need to drag your empties down to the nearest center: your neighbor's bicycle basket is so much handier. This week we asked some unwitting garbage collectors to share with us the pick of their litters.


Kazuhiro Ouchi
KAZUHIRO OUCHI/
COMPANY EMPLOYEE
People are always leaving garbage and plastic bags in my basket. They should be putting this junk in the garbage bins, which is what I end up having to do with it. Right now I'm using my basket to carry some bread... to feed the pigeons!



Doggy

DOGGY/
EASY RIDER
People leave really boring trash in this basket. I've never found yummy bones or hamburgers, just stupid empty coffee cans. I've tried chewing a few but they're not really worth the trouble. The biggest (and best) thing ever carried in this basket: why me, of course.


TOKYO TALK:
298: Wear me out
Look hot, stay warm and ski cool this season
297: Eye Spy
Who's the apple of your eye?
296: Love me, tender
What does your bartender think of you?
295: Don't sweat it!
Warm and fuzzy sweaters
294: Hot off the Presses
Potty about Print Club
293: Fright Night
TC's Halloween party
292: Clip Art
This year's accessory of choice: hair clips
291: Wild Wild East
Tokyo's urban cowboys and cowgirls
290: Sights for sore eyes
Glimpse a rosier hue of the metropolis
289: Some like it hot
Sipping hot sake in Tokyo's izakaya
288: Scents-ational
Try to smell as yummy as possible
287: Bottled Up
Bottled beverages to battle the humid hell of summer
286: Grin and bare it
Show us those pearly whites
285: Oh pairs
Love is in the air
284: Matsuri Mania
International festivals in Tokyo
283: Mini motors
Marvelous mini cars
282: Fab Tabs
How did you manage to get your tab so high?
281: Midnight Cowboys
Nocturnal rumblings of Tokyo clublife
280: Fridge Dares
Into the heart of your icebox
279: Hot One Hundreds
Bargains at your local 100 yen shop
278: Star Whores
What will you do to get that Skywalker fix?
277: Blade Runners
In-line skating has take over the city
276: Game On!
New generation of hi-tech arcade games
275: Party On!
TC's Summer Party
274: Commuted Sentences
The hells of commuting
273: Hawaii Five - Oh No!
The Hawaiian vibe of colorful cool
272: Orange crush
Tanning is work
271: Art attack
Painting a picture of the art scene around town
270: Ale tales
Which do you prefer: SMAP or non-alcoholic beer?
269: Sound of the city
Where do you buy your CDs?
268: Say cheese...
What are you putting in your shopping basket?
267: A dog's life
Who ya meeting at Hachiko?
266: Brow beaten
High brows and low brows of Tokyo's eyebrows
265: Strike up the band
Live houses around the city
264: Bloomin' marvelous
Hanami parties are booming!
263: Lap it up
The luxuries of the laptop
262: Flash and trash
Disposable cameras are the answer
261: The Cutting Edge 
Taking in your body art
260: Sweet Pies
What are you feeding that sweet tooth?
259: Shots in the dark
TC's 5th birthday party
258: Pigging it in the middle
Hungry? What's your dream sandwhich?
257: The packet racket
The joy of pocket tissues
256: Sweet addiction
Can't live without your weekly dose of Tokyo Classified
255: Time for tea
Tokyo is a tea-totaling town
254: Caught thread handed
What's keeping your digits from dropping off?
253: Game for a scarf
Scarves, the standard Ivy League ID
252: Basket cases
Bicycle basket garbage cans
251: On your toes
How much thought do you put into your socks?
250: Uniformity
Donning a uniform

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