The reason we went to Kanda that day was to eat soba (蕎麦/そば) i.e. buckwheat noodles, the classic food of old Tokyo in “Matsuya” in the neighborhood called Awajicho (淡路町). Despite the rain, people queued patiently in line for a bowl –or more.
“Matsuya” is just a room and customers often sit at the same table with strangers; in old soba-ya (and built in 1924, “Matsuya” definitely falls into that category) you don’t go to spend your time: you go to eat and leave.
(For a bigger version of these pictures both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)