Mr. Magritte

I got a surprise when this man walked right into the frame as I was sneakily photographing this couple drinking sake and munching on pork on skewers. Middle-aged men don’t usually stroll around in bowlers while puffing on pipes, and this dandy looked even even dandier for being in Shin-okubo — a slightly seedy immigrant neighborhood.

Actually I see more and more middle-aged dandies these days. If you are a man of a certain age who hasn’t given up on fashion your choices are either to dress like a younger (and richer) man — the celeb-styled choi-waru oyagi, or “naughty old man” look — or turn yourself into a bespoke character. I guess this guy chose the latter.