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Day Two Hundred Twenty One, August 31, 2011

the end of a generation

Walking around the streets and alleys of Shanghai, I love to meet old people, the ones that represent the China that I had read about before moving here, the China of movies, of books and historical documentaries. And these people are still there, walking with their fans, with their tiny previously bound feet, with their age old traditions and they drift on the shores of the huge sea of modernism that is taking over China. And I wonder, how long will there be tai chi in the streets, mahjong in the parks, pajamas worn in the city, bird cages filling the park, crickets in tiny cages for good luck… when will all this start to become a thing of the past giving room to the ipod carrying new generation?

I feel so lucky to be witness to some of it that still lives on in the very few…

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Day Forty Seven, March 10, 2011

If you have to do it, do it in style!

Yes, the Shanghainese still sport pajamas in the street.

It is mostly the older generations, but wearing sleepwear outdoors is still a wide custom and is seen on a daily basis around city streets. The reasons, when you investigate, vary from the fact of people sharing bathrooms outside their homes with other families, to comfort, to the cheap price of the garments, to simple cultural tradition. Bit I love seeing it, because for me it makes Shanghai what it is, especially when I see ladies with their high heels, bags and perfectly styled hair and makeup walk down the street in their pajamas, like this lady in my neighborhood today!