Stop 6 on the yamanote line: Otsuka.
Otsuka station sign
Lots of bikes parked next to the station
Bus next to the station - Out of Service
Looking down a side street
A pay phone, just like in the states, they're slowly disappearing and being replaced by cell phones
The other side of the station, as seen from the platform. The streets are much emptier than some of the busier parts of Tokyo
5th stop on the Yamanote line, Ikebukuro.
Ikebukuro station sign
homeless people napping next to the station
Stop 4 on the Yamanote Line, Mejiro.
Mejiro Station sign
Members of the Red Cross trying to get people to donate blood, just outside the station
On the campus of Gaku-shuu-in University
Looking through a window into a room where people are practicing martial arts
The train passes by.
Part 3 of my Yamanote Line picture project, Takadanobaba station.
Takadanobaba station sign
Looking down a side street
girl in a chicken suit advertises for a restaurant
Station platform with the street below
Looking out at the street from the station platform
2nd stop on the Yamanote line (if you start from Shinjuku going towards Ikebukuro), Shin-okubo.
sign for the shin-okubo station
A worker takes a break in his truck.
A mural near the station
Another part of the same mural as above
Billboards written in Korean that can be seen from the platform. Shin-okubo is an area with a lot of Koreans.
London has the Circle line. Chicago has the Loop. Tokyo has the Yamanote Line. It goes in a circle and stops in many of the major downtown, popular places in the city. It has 30 stations and it takes roughly 2 minutes to get from one station to the next, taking an hour to make the full loop. A few weeks ago, a friend had the crazy idea to try to stop at every station in one day and take pictures at every station and invited me along. We only made it to half the stations, but we’re hoping to go back soon and do the other half.
Today, I’m posting pictures from the first stop on our trip, Shinjuku.
Shinjuku Station - New South entrance
View from the train station, looking out at the platforms
Some of the Shinjuku skyline
Christmas display in a department store....long before the Christmas season...
Walkway near the station. It was a beautiful day.
walkways between department stores. The thing above is another walkway.
Krispy Kreme donuts! They's really popular here. People queue up for ages to buy them.
More pictures from my school festival.
Booth of my friend's seminar class, they were selling Burmese food because the class is about Myanmar.The sign reads: Mohingaa. Rice noodles with fish soup added. Myanmar's national noodle cuisine!
bright red shoes. And notice the socks. In Japan there's a lot of socks that are like little footies to wear with flats and heels.
Sign for another booth
The Burmese food booth, with food ready to sell.
Painting of the Tokyo downtown nightscape
A little kid enjoys his banana covered on chocolate on a stick
Newspapers cover a wall in a room where a club has an exhibition about news media
Today in world news: McCain, Obama, Palin. (And this is a Japanese newspaper I should point out.)
More pictures from the school festival.
A student group selling 'rolled pizza.' not sure what that is exactly...
Festival staff members
People wait to cross the street to get from one side of the campus to the other
Older couple waits to cross the street at the festival
Students handing out pamphlets, trying to get people to visit their booth
Poster hung up for the festival
Students practice a dance performance
More pictures from my school’s 学園祭（school festival). At the festival, clubs give exhibitions or set up booths selling overpriced food.
Members of my friend's aikido club bow before their exhibition
Aikido club exhibition - throwing someone down
Aikido club exhibition - bowing to each other before they beat each other down
Aikido club exhibition - that looks painful
A festival volunteer looks over all the bikes parked on the edge of campus for the festival
A booth selling some kind of soup
I just thought this girl's hair was interesting
Selling takoyaki. Look at the cute takoyaki character they made on the left.
Every fall, universities in Japan hold school festivals. (High schools also hold festivals, such as 文化祭＝culture festivals and 体育祭＝athletic festivals.) During the festivals, clubs set up booths selling food on the campus and various performances take place in converted classrooms and stages built for the festival. For three days, the campus is overtaken with hordes of visitors. Not just people associated with the university come, but also people from nearby universities and people who live in the surrounding area come to the festival. Amazingly, the day after the festival, the campus is quickly restored to its usual splendor and barely any trash remains.
Reflections in the water of people visiting the campus for the festival.
An escaped balloon falling away from the campus
The "Airport Cafe" set up by the club of students who've studied abroad
Another view of the "Airport Cafe"
My friend, on sax, waits on the side during the Jazz performance
One of the classroom buildings, converted into many performances spaces and event locations
Hallway where the jazz players prepare to perform