Life was different under those circumstances, and one of the big differences was the importance of meeting places. Now, you can just call or text someone when you are in the general vicinity of a place where you are meant to link up, and that can change last minute. Before smart phones, you had to pick a meeting place and stick to it. In Tokyo, there were a few spots that served as the consummate meeting place. Of course, most people know about the Hachiko statue in Shibuya, but once upon a time, it was rivaled by a little bakery called...
Originally opened in 1964 prior to the Tokyo Olympics, Almond's pink and white awning stood out from the rest of the urban environment around it. Because it stood out and was so easily recognizable, it became a logical meeting point for folks gathering in the downtown area. I even remember folks who were coming from out of town would first link up at Almond and then spread out across the city after that. Here's what it looked like for most of its existence:
Almond is located on the corner of Roppongi crossing (it's pretty impossible to miss!). It is open 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM Sunday through Thursday, and from 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM on Friday and Saturday (it is Roppongi, after all).
(cover photo courtesy of Blog Nekoarena)