7am and 80 degrees already. It’s too early for the crush of commuters that will be surging from the train and ferry terminals soon. As I walk along the elevated walkways I pass old women doing tai chi and old men doing nothing. At an outdoor pool, young men swim laps in the rain as their coaches or parents stand at the edge of the pool under umbrellas, watching gravely.

A woman is slowly swinging a shiny sword with a green tassel hanging from the pommel. It seems like a bad idea to try and take her picture, so after watching for a while, I look down and see this driveway.