日本での一年間

November 30, 2008

Yamanote Line Project (Part 6) – Otsuka

Filed under: Tokyo places, Yamanote-Sen — myyearinjapan @ 4:27 am

Stop 6 on the yamanote line: Otsuka.

Otsuka station sign

Otsuka station sign

Lots of bikes parked next to the station

Lots of bikes parked next to the station

Bus next to the station - Out of Service

Bus next to the station - Out of Service

Looking down a side street

Looking down a side street

A pay phone, just like in the states, theyre slowly disappearing and being replaced by cell phones

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

The other side of the station, as seen from the platform. The streets are much emptier than some of the busier parts of Tokyo

November 29, 2008

Yamanote Line Project (Part 5) – Ikebukuro

Filed under: Tokyo places, Yamanote-Sen — myyearinjapan @ 1:49 am

5th stop on the Yamanote line, Ikebukuro.

Ikebukuro station sign

Ikebukuro station sign

homeless people napping next to the station

homeless people napping next to the station

pigeons!

pigeons!

November 28, 2008

Yamanote Line Project (Part 4) – Mejiro Station

Filed under: Tokyo places, Yamanote-Sen — myyearinjapan @ 3:43 am

Stop 4 on the Yamanote Line, Mejiro.

Mejiro Station sign

Mejiro Station sign

Members of the Red Cross trying to get peoeple to donate blood, just outside the station

Members of the Red Cross trying to get people to donate blood, just outside the station

On the campus of Gaku-shuu-in University

On the campus of Gaku-shuu-in University

Looking through a window into a room where people are practicing martial arts

Looking through a window into a room where people are practicing martial arts

The train passes by.

The train passes by.

November 27, 2008

Yamanote Line Project (Part 3) – Takadanobaba

Filed under: Tokyo places, Yamanote-Sen — myyearinjapan @ 7:20 am

Part 3 of my Yamanote Line picture project, Takadanobaba station.

Takadanobaba station sign

Takadanobaba station sign

Looking down a side street

Looking down a side street

dead end

dead end

girl in a chicken suit advertises for a restaurant

girl in a chicken suit advertises for a restaurant

Station platform with the street below

Station platform with the street below

Looking out at the street from the station platform

Looking out at the street from the station platform

November 26, 2008

Yamanote Line Project (Part 2) – Shin-okubo

Filed under: Tokyo places, Yamanote-Sen — myyearinjapan @ 4:32 pm

2nd stop on the Yamanote line (if you start from Shinjuku going towards Ikebukuro), Shin-okubo.

sign for the shin-okubo station

sign for the shin-okubo station

A worker takes a break in his truck.

A worker takes a break in his truck.

A mural near the station

A mural near the station

Another part of the same mural as above

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.

Billboards written in Korean that can be seen from the platform. Shin-okubo is an area with a lot of Koreans.

November 25, 2008

Yamanote Line Project (Part 1) – Shinjuku

Filed under: Tokyo places, Yamanote-Sen — myyearinjapan @ 5:20 pm

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

Shinjuku Station - New South entrance

View from the train station, looking out at the platforms

View from the train station, looking out at the platforms

Trains!

Trains!

Some of the Shinjuku skyline

Some of the Shinjuku skyline

Christmas display in a department store....long before the Christmas season...

Christmas display in a department store....long before the Christmas season...

Walkway near the station

Walkway near the station. It was a beautiful day.

glass facade

glass facade

walkways between department stores. The thing above is another walkway.

walkways between department stores. The thing above is another walkway.

Krispy Kreme donuts! Theys really popular here. People queue up for ages to buy them.

Krispy Kreme donuts! They's really popular here. People queue up for ages to buy them.

November 24, 2008

School Festival (Part 4)

Filed under: Events, school, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 3:47 pm

More pictures from my school festival.

Booth of my friends seminar class, they were selling Burmese food because the class is about Myanmar.

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!

bicycle

bicycle

bright red shoes. And notice the socks. In Japan theres a lot of socks that are like little footies to wear with flats and heels.

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

Sign for another booth

Again, the Burmese food booth, but now with food ready to sell.

The Burmese food booth, with food ready to sell.

Painting of the Tokyo downtown nightscape

Painting of the Tokyo downtown nightscape

A little kid enjoys his banana covered on chocolate on a stick

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

Newspapers cover a wall in a room where a club has an exhibition about news media

McCain, Palin, Obama. (And this is a Japanese newspaper I should point out.)

Today in world news: McCain, Obama, Palin. (And this is a Japanese newspaper I should point out.)

School Festival (Part 3)

Filed under: Events, school, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 8:50 am

More pictures from the school festival.

A student group selling rolled pizza. not sure what that is exactly...

A student group selling 'rolled pizza.' not sure what that is exactly...

Festival staff members

Festival staff members

People wait to cross the street to get from one side of the campus to the other

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

Older couple waits to cross the street at the festival

Students handing out pamphlets, trying to get people to visit their booth

Students handing out pamphlets, trying to get people to visit their booth

Poster hung up for the festival

Poster hung up for the festival

Students practice a dance performance

Students practice a dance performance

November 23, 2008

School Festival (Part 2)

Filed under: Events, school, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 10:13 am

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 friends aikido club bow beofer their exhibition

Members of my friend's aikido club bow before their exhibition

Aikido club exhibition - throwing someone down

Aikido club exhibition - throwing someone down

Aikido club exhibition - bowing to each other before they beat each other down

Aikido club exhibition - bowing to each other before they beat each other down

Aikido club exhibition - that looks painful

Aikido club exhibition - that looks painful

A festival volunteer looks over all the bikes parked on the edge of campus for the festival

A festival volunteer looks over all the bikes parked on the edge of campus for the festival

A booth selling some kind of soup

A booth selling some kind of soup

I just thought this girls hair was interesting

I just thought this girl's hair was interesting

Selling takoyaki. Look at the cute takoyaki character they made on the left.

Selling takoyaki. Look at the cute takoyaki character they made on the left.


takoyaki!

November 20, 2008

School Festival (Part 1)

Filed under: Events, school — myyearinjapan @ 8:40 am

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 visting the campus for the festival.

Reflections in the water of people visiting the campus for the festival.

An escaped balloon falling away fromt he campus

An escaped balloon falling away from the campus

The Airport Cafe set up by the club of students whove studied abroad

The "Airport Cafe" set up by the club of students who've studied abroad

Another view of the Airport Cafe

Another view of the "Airport Cafe"

Jazz performance

Jazz performance

My friend, on sax, waits on the side during the Jazz performance

My friend, on sax, waits on the side during the Jazz performance

Jazz

Jazz

One of the classroom buildings, converted into many performances spaces and event locations

One of the classroom buildings, converted into many performances spaces and event locations

Hallway

Hallway

Hallway where the jazz players perpare to perform

Hallway where the jazz players prepare to perform

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