…when I walked up to Roppongi Crossing the other day and a strange sensation came over me.
Something was missing.
It was gone, replaced by a shuttered metal gate.
Sure enough, after 44 years in the same location, Almond Cafe, the time-honored redoubt of rendezvous second only to Hachiko in Shibuya, has moved.
The old building is to be demolished and a new one built in its place.
While one of the Showa Era’s iconic social networking sites is down for the count, it didn’t seem to matter much to the customary crowd gathered in its usual spot in front of where Almond had been.
Maybe they were too busy texting on cell phones to notice.