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Tokyo Random Walk

What I like most about Tokyo is that it is an endless city. I have been walking the streets of this city for 16 years and I still find myself lost all the time. The feeling of knowing that I can still get lost is what is thrilling to me.

Tokyo is an amalgamation of houses and skyscrapers, at the same time a huge city and many villages crowded together. When I visit a new place that I still don’t know, I like to explore the area, get lost in the alleys and discover the culture and atmosphere of the neighborhood.

Although the title of the post is “Random Walk”, these are actually photos of many of my random walks. All the photos are from 2018 and 2019. Some of them were uploaded to my instagram account @geekinjapan but most stayed inside my smartphone.

The Bunkyo-ku neighborhood has many old houses and plants that almost almost invade the sidewalks. Notice that the car hardly fits the garage of the house..

At the entrance to the Nezu subway station (Chiyoda Line) they have an old train “wagon” restored as a bookstore where you can leave books you no longer want for other people to read.

Doraemon!

Cables y casitas con paredes bastante feas, pero si os fijais está lleno de macetas alineadas al borde del asfalto. Un repartidor de Kuroneko en bicicleta.

Cables and houses with ugly walls, but if you carefully there are many flower pots beautifully aligned on the edge of the asphalt. And Kuroneko delivery man on a bicycle!

A basketball net behind the Tocho (Tokyo Metropolitan Government building)

A restaurant that serves yakiniku at lunch time

A gigant Maneki Neko.

Painted walls near Nakano station.

I love these old-fashioned maps, although with smartphones there are less and less of these “analog” maps, you can still find them in areas of shōtengai (Commercial streets).

Coffee shop where you can choose the beans that you prefer and they roast it to your liking.

Ginza skyscrapers.

Nakameguro and sakura.

This is also Shibuya, but far from the stations.

Rainy night somewhere neat Sendagi station.

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Shibuya Scramble Square – Shibuya Sky

This weekend I visited the new panoramic observatory at Shibuya. It is 230 meters tall and it is called Shibuya Scramble Square. The skyscraper has a shopping are from floor 1F until 14F, it also has an office area where the new Google Japan offices are located, visited the rooftop. The 45F and 46F are open to visitors, it is a beautiful observatory called Shibuya SKY and it is open every day from 9AM until 11PM for ¥2.000, google maps pinpoint).

I took these pictures this Sunday, the sky was cast with clouds but in a clear day Mount Fuji is visible and also the views to the sprawl are spectacular since there aren’t taller buildings in Shibuya area.

The elevator to Shibuya Sky has a very psychodelic screen

Shibuya Scramble Square 3D model

Para más información esta es la Web oficial del observatorio Shibuya Sky.

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Tokyo

Old Shinjuku pictures

Shinjuku 新宿 is my favorite area in Tokyo. I’ve been taking pictures of Shinjuku since 2004. During these 13 years I’ve seen this neibourhood transforming and I feel some kind of nostalgia when looking at my old Shinjuku pictures.

Shinjuku developed as a neuralgic point of activity in Japan since the beginning of the Edo area when a “juku” 宿, a place to stop and rest, was stablished on the side of Koshu Kaido, one of the five main routes of commerce in Edo Japan. Nowadays, Koshu Kaido is the avenue on the south exit of Shinjuku station that is used by more than 3 million people everyday.

Shinjuku was totally destroyed in the war and rebuilt from scratch after it. These are pictures from old Shinjuku, ranging from the 50s until the 70s. I love the general structure of the station and the surrounding streets hasn’t changed too much.


This is Shinjuku in the 70s. On the left side you can see a building with the sign Sakuraya さくらや, it is an electronics and home appliances shop.


This picture I took it in 2004 and also shows the same Sakuraya さくらや building. Sakuraya is no longer there, now it is a Bic Camera.


Shinjuku west exit area in the 70s.


Shinjuku west exit area in now.


Naito Shinjuku 内藤新宿 (Second dot from the right to the left on the map) was the first stop after Nihonbashi on the Koshu Kaido route during the Edo period. Naito was the name of an important daimyo who lived where now Shinjuku Gyoen park is located.