Part of my exploration of Tokyo involved wandering around some back streets. The city felt so safe, I wanted to see what was going on away from the main activity. The streets were a maze of routes to get around which is hardly surprising given the age of the city. Lots of little shops, bars and homes were tucked away, hardly any great distance from big office buildings. The contrast was quite obvious. People were about but it wasn’t busy. Seeing them on their way at least made me aware that these parts of the city were not devoid of life.