Rich came home the other evening boasting that he had used his first umbrella condom. In case you are wondering, this is a device that encases a wet umbrella. Office buildings, stores and apartment buildings have these devices that you insert your wet umbrella into and voila, it comes out encased in a plastic sleeve. No more dripping umbrellas. Genius.
On the ground floor of our building is a dog grooming shop that Max loves to visit. For sale in this shop are some stunning doggie ensembles --- dresses, overalls, lots of sweaters and jackets, rhinestone collars, doggie bagels, cookies and lots of squeaky toys. Some of these doggie outfits will set you back a couple of hundred bucks. For sale are also yorkies, miniature poodles and chihuahuas. These are the "accessory" dogs of Tokyo. They are dressed up and carried about in designer doggie carriers. It's quite a sight. I've wanted to take more pictures but have been afraid of offending people.
One nice thing about life in Tokyo is that stores are more "parent-friendly" than I have noticed in the states. Bathrooms have spacious areas to change babies; diapers are available in vending machines; many department stores have "nursing rooms" as well. (Breastfeeding is very much the "right" thing to do here. You also see a lot of women carrying small babies in slings.) In the Roppongi Hills shopping complex, there's a great family lounge space where you can bring babies and small children and feed them, breastfeed in a private room, change diapers and otherwise entertain them. Here are some shots of the lounge.