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January 26, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 29) – Kanda Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

This is it folks. We are finally at the last stop of our tour of the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. It was a nice trip but it had to end sometime. While it has taken us…let’s say 29 days….to come to the end (in reality my posts were spread out over a much longer period…), in reality it would take only one hour to go around the entire Yamanote line. Trains come every 2 minutes and run every day of the year.

Today we find ourselves in Kanda. Kanda was once known for being the location of most of Tokyo’s book publishers. And you still see a lot of bookstores, especially second hand stores, when you walk around Kanda.

kanda

Kanda station sign

stores

A shopping street next to Kanda station's West exit.

cigs

Why is this little girl looking at the cigarettes?? The randsel satchel on her back makes it obvious that she's still in elementary school! By the way, those bags can cost over $300! That's a lot of cash top put down for something you know your kid will only use for a few years!

hole in the wall

A little hole in the wall restaurant attached to the station.

intersection

Kanda intersection

newsstand

Kanda newsstand. I would have gotten a paper, but the owner looked too busy reading.

bookstore

Kanda bookstore, right near the station.

Well, the Yamanote tour is over. If you want to go back and relive the great memories, all the old posts are still up on the blog.

We started in Shinjuku, then went clockwise to Shinokubo, Takadanobaba, Mejiro, Ikebukuru, Otsuka, Sugamo, Kamagome, Tabata, Nishi-Nippori, Nippori, Uguisudani, Ueno, Okachimachi and Akihabara. Later, I finished the other half of the Yamanote line going counter clockwise from Shinjuku to Yoyogi, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ebisu, Meguro, Gotanda, Osaki, Shinagawa, Tamachi, Hamamatsucho, Shinbashi, Yurakucho, Tokyo, and finally ended up in Kanda. Pheww. I’m tired from all this travel. I’m going to go take a nap.

January 25, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 28) – Tokyo Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

We are almost at the end of our tour of the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. The 28th and penultimate station on the Yamanote loop is Tokyo Station. Tokyo station sees the most trains per day of any station in Japan.

tokyo

A man sets up his cardboard bed for the night under a sign for the Yaesu Central entrance of Tokyo Station. The recession has fueled a rise in homelessness in Japan, not just because people can no longer afford their homes, but also because many companies provide housing for their employees. So the loss of a job is also the loss of a home.

street

Busy street by the station.

bus

Many highway buses come to Tokyo. You can take a direct bus to almost anywhere in Japan from Tokyo. The police man has a plastic bag on his hat so that it doesn't get wet.

suica

This penguin is the mascot of Suica, a rechargeable fare card that can be used to pay for virtually all public transportation in the Tokyo area. (It used to be the card for JR trains, but is not interchangeable with the Pasmo card that was once only for the Tokyo Metro.) They make enough character goods to fill an entire store with Suica penguin goodness.

January 24, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (part 27) – Yurakucho Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

We have come to the 27th stop on our tour of Tokyo JR’s Yamanote line, Yurakucho station.

yurakucho

Yurakucho station sign.

cyborg

Cyborg lady wants you to try out WiMax mobile internet!

OiOi

OIOI department store. Generally pronounced as Marui, but I prefer to call it Oy Oy!

Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears for sale in OIOI.

January 23, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 26) – Shimbashi Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

The 26th stop on our tour of the JR Yamanote line is Shimbashi Station.

Shimbashi

Shimbashi station sign

pachinko

Pachinko parlor

building

The station building is looking a little bit worse for the wear.

lion

Lion statue!

girl and dog

Seeing eye dog statue!

used books

I happened to come across a used book market next to the station.

train

TRAIN! But it can't be used. This train is just for show.

January 22, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 25) – Hamamatsucho Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 2:13 pm

The 25th stop on our tour of the Yamanote Line in Tokyo is Hamamatsucho station. Only 5 stops left!

Hamamatsu

Hamamatsucho station turnstile

inside

Station passageway to the sidewalk

fall colors

Fall colors

sidewalk

Nearly empty Tokyo sidewalk.

monorail

This monorail goes to Haneda airport, but I can't helped being reminded of the movie Nobody Knows (誰も知らない) when I see the monorail because the kids in the movie took it.

January 18, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 24) – Tamachi Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 1:33 am

The 24th stop on our tour of the JR Yamanote line in Tokyo is Tamachi Station. Tamachi is where one would get off the train to go to the prestigious Keio University, the oldest university in Japan. (It kind of has a reputation for being a school you can buy your way into….but anyway…)

Tamachi

Tamachi Station sign

pub

Irish pub, complete with those Irish staples of curry rice, spaghetti, and pizza. What? Those aren't Irish staples?? Well, at least they have Guiness.

crosswalk

Multiple zebra crossings for a very busy intersection.

waiting

Waiting to cross. There's an impressive number of bicyles stuffed onto that sidewalk.

crossing

Either this crosswalk is much busier at other times of day or they have way too big of a crosswalk. I believe it's the former.

田町

Another look at some Tamachi buildings on a Tamachi street.

January 17, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 23) – Shinagawa Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 7:06 am

We have now reached the 23rd stop on our tour of Tokyo’s Yamanote line and today we are visiting Shinagawa station. (Fun fact: Shinagawa station in NOT located in Shinagawa ward. It is actually in Minato ward.) It is one of the largest train stations in Tokyo and the Shinkansen (bullet train) stops there.

shinagawa

Shinagawa station sign

shinagawa

The tall buildings of Shinagawa.

crowd

So many people. Such a busy station.

camera

Nice camera he has there.

Sign about Senkaku islands

Her sign says the Senkaku Islands are Japanese territory. Control over these islands, located between Japan and Taiwan, has been an issue in Sino-Japanese relations. She was asking for signatures on a petition to urge the government to fight for the islands.

More about the Senkaku islands here. There was an incident in 2010 when the Japanese coast guard detained the Chinese skipper of a trawling boat. In addition, there are islands that are disputed between Japan and Russia and Japan and South Korea.

January 15, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 22) – Osaki Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

The 22nd stop on our tour of Tokyo’s Yamanote line is Osaki station.

Osaki

Osaki station sign

trash

Please separate your trash. Look at the cutesy pictures to figure out what the trash categories are.

pedestrian bridge

Pedestrian bride from the station to an office complex composed of several tall buildings.

street

Looking out at the street from the pedestrian bridge (above). Looks like more office buildings.

fall

Fall foliage by the station.

down

Going back down to the platforms for the Yamanote line to go on to the next station!

January 14, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 21) – Gotanda Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

The 21st stop on our tour of the Yamanote line is Gotanda station, located in the Shinagawa ward of Tokyo. There area around the station is mostly office buildings.

Gotanda

Gotanda station sign

smoking area

Designated smoking area of the sidewalk, the little patch of sidewalk the smokers are segregated too. The guy on the right seems to be posing for the camera.

donuts

Donut truck next to the station. Complete with cute squirrel mascot. I just hope there are no real squirrels running amuck in that truck.

Life With Bread

As Leaf: Life With Bread. Seen in Gotanda Station. No bread bread though. They only seem to sell bread with things baked into it like cheese, curry, and hot dogs.

mural

Mural with GRAFITTI!

bike parking

Bike parking garage

January 13, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 20) – Meguro Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

Moving along with our tour of the Yamanote Line in Tokyo, we come to Meguro station.

Meguro

Meguro Station sign

intersection

This may not be the world's busiest intersection, but it seems busy enough for me.

taxis

taxis waiting for customers.

police box

A police box near the station.

police

Yesterday: one death, 199 injuries. ???? Is that typical? What area does that cover? Also, a most wanted poster.

conbini

Convenience Store in the station

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