Half Nakedness Prohibited
Floating above Shibuya, with the Yamanote Line trains rocketing by, is Miyashita Park, its carvalicious bowls, ledges, rails, ramps and quarter pipes a skater’s dream. Except for…The Rules.
Drinking for enjoyment rather than rehydration: prohibited!
Light up a smoke? Tanuki raccoon-dogs will carry you off to be executed by the death of a thousand cuts!
Wax a ledge? Not unless you want to be fed to the sea monkeys.
Half or stark nakedness? What do you think this is, a hot spring resort? (Mind you, it’s not especially tempting right now, with the thermometer hovering around 10 degrees C, but come the steamy months of May and June…)
Still, it’s a two minute walk from Shibuya Station, it only costs a couple hundred yen to skate, and it’s never crowded, so giving up a little stark-nakedness might just be worth it.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of four novels set in Tokyo…