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2012 Picture of the Week (35/52) – Takadanobaba Murals

Takadanobaba in Shinjuku Ward is a well known place for a few reasons. It’s near the famous Waseda University, it has very good ramen, and is known as the birthplace of Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom). Across the street from the Waseda exit are two murals dedicated to Osamu Tezuka’s manga. This time, I’m giving you two pictures!

This mural depicts many of Tezuka’s manga.

There’s Astro Boy’s mural!

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2012 Picture of the Week (33/52) – Tokyo Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

In Shinjuku, Tokyo, there is a very tall educational building.  It’s the second tallest educational building in the world at 50 floors and 204 metres.  It was completed in 2008.  The Cocoon Tower has a very distinct design, and is in fact home to a couple of design schools (Tokyo Mode Gakuen, which does fashion, and HAL Tokyo, which is a special technology and design school) and a medical school.  In this picture, it’s the tall building on the left.

The Cocoon Tower is easy to recognise on the west side of Shinjuku Station.

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Exploring Japan: Shinjuku – March 22, 2010

Cherry blossoms were blooming, and I met a friend in Shinjuku.  We went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Office building and enjoyed taking some photographs.  The Tokyo Metropolitan Office building is the seat of Tokyo’s government, and has one of the highest observatories in Tokyo at 202 metres.  There are 2 observatories and provide a great view of Tokyo.  After that, we visited Shinjuku Chuo Park and Kumano Shrine.  Enjoy the pictures!

Two kids and their father looking out the window in the observatory.

A reflective building near Shinjuku Chuo Park.

Looking northwest toward the horizon.

Looking down to the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building.

Shinjuku has a big collection of skyscrapers.

The unusual building in the middle is the Tokyo Mode Gakuen building, which is one of the tallest educational buildings in the world.

In the middle is the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building.

Here is part of Kumano Shrine's garden.

Kumano Shrine itself from the side.

This is near the back of the shrine.

This is a smaller shrine at Kumano Shrine.

Kumano Shrine from the front.

Here's another shrine building.

The main gate, or torii, of Kumano Shrine.

Here's the Tokyo Metropolitan Office Building from Shinjuku Chuo Park.

Cherry blossoms are blooming in the park.

Lots of cherry blossoms!

A great looking cherry tree.

Finally, some public art. Two ladybugs are staring at me.

This area is very easy to find.  It’s near Shinjuku station, and the tower is one of the most prominent in Tokyo.  But here’s a map:

This post is taking part in “Show Me Japan #30.”

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Flashback: Shinjuku in May 2005 – Part 2

Here is part 2 of the Nishi-Shinjuku tour.  We’ll start off from Shinjuku-chuo Park.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building hiding behind a tree again.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building hiding behind a tree again.

Shinjuku-chuo Koen (Shinjuku Central Park).  It's just across the street from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Shinjuku-chuo Koen (Shinjuku Central Park). It's just across the street from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Shinjuku-chuo Park again.

Shinjuku-chuo Park again.

A little waterfall in Shinjuku-chuo Park.

A little waterfall in Shinjuku-chuo Park.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Shinjuku-chuo Park palm tree.

Shinjuku-chuo Park palm tree.

Kumano Shrine, next to Shinjuku-chuo Park.

Kumano Shrine, next to Shinjuku-chuo Park.

Homeless in Shinjuku-chuo Park.

Homeless in Shinjuku-chuo Park.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings 1 and 2, as well as Shinjuku Park Tower.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings 1 and 2, as well as Shinjuku Park Tower.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Shinjuku Mitsui Building.

Shinjuku Mitsui Building.

Shinjuku Sumitomo Building in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku Sumitomo Building in Shinjuku.

Public artwork in Shinjuku.

Public artwork in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku Sumitomo Building.

Shinjuku Sumitomo Building.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building once again.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building once again.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 1 with nice reflection.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 1 with nice reflection.

Shinjuku Sompo Japan Building in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku Sompo Japan Building in Shinjuku.

And that’s the end of the tour.  It’s mostly skyscrapers, isn’t it?  Coming soon will be a big Kamakura tour from May 2005.

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Flashback: Shinjuku in May 2005 – Part 1

On the same day that I visited Ueno, I went to Shinjuku to take in the skyscrapers of the famous business and government centre of Tokyo.  Shinjuku Station is really big.  It’s so easy to get lost in the station if you don’t know where you’re going.  It’s the world’s busiest train station.  There are several areas around Shinjuku Station, including the shopping area east of the station, the skyscraper district west of the station, the large garden/park of Shinjuku Gyoen, and the entertainment and red-light district of Kabukicho.  I’m interested in architecture and buildings, so I went west to Nishi-Shinjuku, the skyscraper district.  I will do this set of pictures in 2 posts.

Outside Shinjuku Station

Outside Shinjuku Station

This is outside Shinjuku Station, near Mylord.

This is outside Shinjuku Station, near Mylord.

Yoyogi NTT Docomo building from Shinjuku.

Yoyogi NTT Docomo building from Shinjuku.

A view to the west from near Shinjuku Station.

A view to the west from near Shinjuku Station.

Takashimaya Times Square department store in Shinjuku.  It's huge.

Takashimaya Times Square department store in Shinjuku. It's huge.

Takashimaya Times Square and Yoyogi tower from Shinjuku Station.

Takashimaya Times Square and Yoyogi tower from Shinjuku Station.

Some buildings in Shinjuku as I walk west into the skyscraper area.

Some buildings in Shinjuku as I walk west into the skyscraper area.

Flowers and buildings in Shinjuku.

Flowers and buildings in Shinjuku.

Some buildings in Shinjuku.

Some buildings in Shinjuku.

More buildings in Shinjuku.

More buildings in Shinjuku.

A view down a sidewalk in Shinjuku.

A view down a sidewalk in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku Park Tower.

Shinjuku Park Tower.

Very busy street in Shinjuku.

Very busy street in Shinjuku.

Interesting building in Shinjuku.

Interesting building in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku Park Tower in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku Park Tower in Shinjuku.

There's the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building peeking out from behind some trees.

There's the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building peeking out from behind some trees.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building 2.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building 2.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building 1.  There are observation floors in both towers.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building 1. There are observation floors in both towers.

Around the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Around the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

At this point, I crossed the street over to Shijuku-chuo Park, home to some homeless people.  I will continue the Nishi-Shinjuku tour in part 2.

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