Have you ever seen an elderly Japanese person wearing a sleeveless shirt, a pair of shorts and flip flops? During all my years in Japan, I have never seen a Japanese person wear so casually like most warm weather countries. Even in the hot summer season, Japanese people are very well-dressed. Further efforts made in dressing well during summer was the ‘Cool Biz’ or ‘Super Cool Biz’ campaign which was endorsed by the Japanese government to save electric energy in the country.
However, the focus of my topic today is not about well-dressed Japanese people but the lifestyle of elderly Japanese people. They have often given me the impression of very well-mannered, talented, calm and humble people.
In my photo below, I came across this laid-back elderly gentleman during my trip to Otaru in Hokkaido. He was calmly smoking his cigarette while a nonchalant seagull walked towards him. Then it just stood there very close to him as if it was enjoying his company. The painting in front of him actually showed the beautiful scenery of the Otaru canal.
This talented painter in the photo below was so engrossed in his work that he did not notice me when I took his photo. His painting showed the beautiful garden in Shinjuku Park.
The lady with the purple hair below was teaching Japanese calligraphy to kids in an event near the Futako-Tamagawa station. She was dressed formally in Kimono for the event.
And finally in the photo below, I found this cool elderly gentleman waiting for the green light at an intersection near Asakusa. His bicycle had a side mirror which I thought was interesting and unique. Comparing to the bicycles I have seen in my own country—Malaysia, bicycles in Japan are very unique, well-built and customized for different kinds of purposes.