Barring the Imperial Palace, there are very few places left in Tokyo which are reminiscent of an old era. (Let’s add the Yakotori alley to that list (will put up its picture some other day)). Most of old Tokyo was wiped out during the WWII. What you get to see in Tokyo now are structures which are not older than say 40-50 years (at least in the major part of Tokyo AFAIK).
Although Japan still has the King and the Queen, they are just that in name. They do not have any say in political matters as such. They still live in a palace, which is in the middle of Tokyo surrounded by lovely open spaces and greenery. I just loved the sound while walking on the pebbly, gravel-ly path that lead upto the Imperial palace gates.
This is the only frame where i could manage to capture the contrast of the old against the new (one of my favourite things whenever i am in any city. There is just something about the era gone past. The Golden Age syndrome some call it, of which i am a surefire victim).
Jugaad is the Indian terminology for finding quick and easy alternatives to solving complex or expensive problems. We see it all around us. While exploring Mt. Abu, I came across this variation of Jugaad, where instead of having banners advertising their wares, the businessmen simply used the whitewashed pillars with arrow-marks to tell someone on the street what they were dealing in. It cuts out the need for spending money on external banners and makes use of what would have otherwise been dull painted walls and pillars.