Monthly Archives: September 2009

Little updates

I’ve been working on finally getting the Flashback and Exploring Japan pages updated.  They now list all of the posts I have made so far for those categories.  Please check them out!  Also, I’ve added some train lines to the Japan by Train page.  I may as well be complete for Kanagawa’s lines.

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Exploring Japan: July 25th random Tokyo part 4 – Toritsudaigaku, Meguro-ku

Here’s the final part.  For this part, we went to Toritsudaigaku Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line to go to Meguro Persimmon Hall.  There was a classical concert there.  It was my first classical concert, actually.  Honestly, it wasn’t very interesting for most of it, until the end.  They were honouring one of the musicians, and he played a solo with his clarinet while he took the instrument apart.  Then the orchestra played a song while humming.  It was very funny!  But for their finale, they played what is considered a very difficult piece of music, the music from Fantasia.  It was quite good.  Anyway, most of the pictures were of Persimmon Hall itself.

This is Persimmon Hall near Toritsudaigaku Station in Meguro Ward.

This is Persimmon Hall near Toritsudaigaku Station in Meguro Ward.

Persimmon Hall is a modern glass building.

Persimmon Hall is a modern glass building.

Another picture of Persimmon Hall.

Another picture of Persimmon Hall.

Inside Persimmon Hall.  There's a photo gallery down there.

Inside Persimmon Hall. There's a photo gallery down there.

This building has an open lobby.

This building has an open lobby.

There's the entrance to the Main Hall.

There's the entrance to the Main Hall.

Another view of the lobby.

Another view of the lobby.

On the street now, going back to Toritsudaigaku Station.

On the street now, going back to Toritsudaigaku Station.

And that’s it for the pictures.  I hope you enjoyed them!

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Exploring Japan: July 25th random Tokyo part 3 – Nippori, Arakawa Ward

Welcome to part 3!  Nippori was a very pleasant surprise.  This area is very historic, and there are many old buildings and houses.  In Nippori, there was an art gallery called Scai the Bathhouse that was holding an exhibition of modern art.  The art was created using lasers, as well as clear glass and photographs.  It was very interesting.  Let’s take a look at Nippori!

Keisei's Nippori Station and skyscrapers from JR's Nippori Station.

Keisei's Nippori Station and skyscrapers from JR's Nippori Station.

The north side of Nippori Station.

The north side of Nippori Station.

Back to the south side of the station, this is a historical area.

Back to the south side of the station, this is a historical area.

This is a very large cemetery in Nippori.

This is a very large cemetery in Nippori.

Looking down the street in the cemetery.

Looking down the street in the cemetery.

The cemetery keeps going and going!

The cemetery keeps going and going!

Some old buildings in Nippori.  This neighbourhood is great!

Some old buildings in Nippori. This neighbourhood is great!

Another old Nippori building.

Another old Nippori building.

Scai the Bathhouse, the location of the art gallery.

Scai the Bathhouse, the location of the art gallery.

The busses in Nippori are even classic style.

The busses in Nippori are even classic style.

An alley in Nippori.

An alley in Nippori.

I need to go back to Nippori and really explore.  It looks very interesting.  But next up is part 4, the final part.

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Exploring Japan: July 25th random Tokyo part 2 – Ueno-hirokoji, Taito Ward

Here’s part 2.  At Ueno-hirokoji, there’s a big Matsuzakaya that has another art gallery.  This is very close to Ueno Park.  The art exhibit itself was very good.  The artist paints sunset/sunrise views of the ocean, as well as forest pictures.  The paintings actually look like photographs, they’re so well done.  Anyway, here are the pictures from Matsuzakaya to Ueno Park.

This is Matsuzakaya in Ueno-hirokoji, near Ueno Park.

This is Matsuzakaya in Ueno-hirokoji, near Ueno Park.

The area around Ueno-hirokoji Station.

The area around Ueno-hirokoji Station.

Looking down the street towards Ueno Park.

Looking down the street towards Ueno Park.

Those trees are in Ueno Park.

Those trees are in Ueno Park.

That’s all for part 2.  Next up is Nippori!

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Exploring Japan: July 25th random Tokyo part 1 – Mitsukoshi, Chuo-ku

On July 25 this year, I was invited to visit a series of events with a friend in Tokyo.  These series of posts will be quite brief, as I didn’t take many pictures.  It wasn’t really possible to take pictures of the events, as they were mostly art galleries.  This first event was in Mitsukoshi in Chuo Ward, Tokyo.  I had to go to Mitsukoshimae station on the Ginza Line.  The art gallery was done by a man who paints a lot of mountain scenery and portraits.  It was interesting.  But here are the 4 pictures I took!

Outside Mitsukoshi in Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Outside Mitsukoshi in Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Looking down the street outside Mitsukoshi.

Looking down the street outside Mitsukoshi.

Back the other way down the street.  There's some construction.

Back the other way down the street. There's some construction.

Looks like more Mitsukoshi

Looks like more Mitsukoshi

Part 2 coming soon!

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Exploring Japan: Naka Ward, Yokohama Part 5 – Zou-no-Hana Park, Aka Renga and more!

Here it is, the final part of this long walk.  This time, it’s a variety of things.  First, it’s Zou-no-Hana Koen, which means Elephant’s Trunk Park.  There’s a breakwater portion that’s shaped like an elephant’s trunk.  The park was created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yokohama Port’s opening.  In the process, they discovered some old railway tracks under an old building.  After Zou-no-Hana, it’s Aka Renga, the Red Brick Warehouse.  I’ve already shown pictures of this area from the Y150 expo, but there are more pictures here!  This includes La Machine, though from a distance.  And finally, a walk past World Porters (big shopping centre) and Cosmo World (amusement park).  So, here are the pictures!

This area used to be an old building, but is now part of Zou-no-Hana Park.

This area used to be an old building, but is now part of Zou-no-Hana Park.

The breakwater part (the elephant trunk) of Zou-no-Hana Park and Osanbashi Pier.

The breakwater part (the elephant trunk) of Zou-no-Hana Park and Osanbashi Pier.

More Zou-no-Hana Park with Minato Mirai behind it.

More Zou-no-Hana Park with Minato Mirai behind it.

Artwork by Zou-no-Hana Park, showing a historical view of the area.

Artwork by Zou-no-Hana Park, showing a historical view of the area.

Dragon Boat, a Chinese themed sightseeing boat at Zou-no-Hana Park.

Dragon Boat, a Chinese themed sightseeing boat at Zou-no-Hana Park.

More Zou-no-Hana Park.

More Zou-no-Hana Park.

A large open space in Zou-no-Hana Park.  There's a historic spot in the middle.  Let's take a look!

A large open space in Zou-no-Hana Park. There's a historic spot in the middle. Let's take a look!

Looking down through the glass, there are old railway tracks that were used after the port opened 150 years ago.  They were rediscovered when the building here was demolished.

Looking down through the glass, there are old railway tracks that were used after the port opened 150 years ago. They were rediscovered when the building here was demolished.

Another view of the railway tracks.

Another view of the railway tracks.

A view of Osanbashi Pier from Zou-no-Hana Park.

A view of Osanbashi Pier from Zou-no-Hana Park.

This is trick art in Zou-no-Hana Park in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port.

This is trick art in Zou-no-Hana Park in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port.

A sideways view of the artwork.  It looks odd this way.

A sideways view of the artwork. It looks odd this way.

Upside-down, the artwork looks really strange.

Upside-down, the artwork looks really strange.

Sailing ships docked at Osanbashi Pier.

Sailing ships docked at Osanbashi Pier.

Here's the grassy area of Zou-no-Hana Park.

Here's the grassy area of Zou-no-Hana Park.

Zou-no-Hana Park with Landmark Tower in the background.

Zou-no-Hana Park with Landmark Tower in the background.

Tanemaru, the mascot of the Y150 Expo.

Tanemaru, the mascot of the Y150 Expo.

This is where La Machine is kept near Aka Renga.

This is where La Machine is kept near Aka Renga.

Here's Aka Renga, the Red Brick Warehouse.

Here's Aka Renga, the Red Brick Warehouse.

There's La Machine!  I saw this in September up close, but this was the first time I saw it back in July.

There's La Machine! I saw this in September up close, but this was the first time I saw it back in July.

La Machine is alive!

La Machine is alive!

Here's the big globe that gets lit up at night at Y150.

Here's the big globe that gets lit up at night at Y150.

La Machine keeps moving.

La Machine keeps moving.

La Machine's putting on a show.

La Machine's putting on a show.

In this picture, you can see Y150, Aka Renga, Osanbashi Pier with the sailing ships and Yokohama Bay Bridge.

In this picture, you can see Y150, Aka Renga, Osanbashi Pier with the sailing ships and Yokohama Bay Bridge.

I guess Americans are lazy?  This store is in World Porters.

I guess Americans are lazy? This store is in World Porters.

The big ferris wheel at Cosmo World.

The big ferris wheel at Cosmo World.

And that’s it for that day’s walk in Naka Ward.  Coming soon will be some pictures from Tokyo.

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