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!
It’s rare to see Mt. Fuji on a summer day, but thanks to some rain and clear air, it was visible under the cloudy sky. Also visible in this picture are the Tanzawa Mountains. I took this picture from the train.
The rare summer Mt. Fuji photo.
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.
On Friday, I went to the Warabi Matsuri (Festival) for the 3rd year in a row. This time, we went right at the beginning of the festival. Very little food was available and they were still putting up the decorations. This is one of the bigger decorations that was still waiting for installation.
I was standing under this with my head in the gold streamers.