Tokyo: a cute facade hiding a harsher reality?

Tokyo: a cute facade hiding a harsher reality?

When growing up, one of the most popular children’s TV shows was Rainbow; a programme based around a house inhabited by a man, a bear, a pink hippo and an odd-looking puppet with a zip for a mouth. However, despite such a memorable premise, what always stuck in my mind was the theme tune. A song that, despite its brevity, effortlessly captured the wonder and optimism of childhood. And even though I hadn’t heard the music for more years than I’d care to remember, it’s what unexpectedly popped into my head when I took the photograph below. The lyrics suddenly much more poignant than positive:

Up above the streets and houses, rainbow climbing high,
Everyone can see it smiling, over the sky.
Paint the whole world with a rainbow.

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