I love big cities and would usually choose to vacation in one over a secluded beach (although I’m changing a bit in my old age). What I find fascinating about super huge cities (or really densely populated ones) is the appreciation of small spaces.
Because even for people who love big cities, sometimes it’s necessary to get away from it all.
This gorgeous bookstore in Shanghai is amazing in so many ways. It’s cute, it’s small, it sells books, and it’s in the middle of a city of 20 million.
The Japanese koban, or police kiosk, is super cute. Of course I wouldn’t want a reason to go to one, but I find this structure much less intimidating than a huge police headquarters. This one was built more than 100 years ago in Tokyo and is now housed in the Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.
I can’t remember a kiosk in Hong Kong, except for this old police pagoda. Sadly, they went out of fashion decades ago.
Do you have a favorite small space from a city close to your heart?