Saturday, December 1, 2007  12:51 PM

Yamanote Line - with people

Interior of a Yamanote Line train (2002)

Following on from yesterday's empty Yamanote Line train, here one with some actual passengers. Albeit very late in the evening, heading against the general flow (Shinjuku - Shibuya is generally much less crowded than the other way round).

Taken in 2002.

Friday, November 30, 2007   7:48 PM

Yamanote Line

Yamanote Line train, empty.

Tokyo's Yamanote Line is notorious for its chronic overcrowding - and it's rare to see a completely empty carriage. (Actually, I cheated: this was in the mid-afternoon at Ôsaki Station on a train which had just been brought into service).

The photo dates from 2002, and the train interior depicted is of a sort no longer running on that line.

Thursday, November 29, 2007   8:52 PM

Yamanote Line - Passengers

Yamanote Line train coming into Shinagawa Station

Passengers waiting to board a Yamanote Line train at Shinagawa Station. This photo was taken in 2002, and the type of train shown here is no longer running on the Yamanote Line.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007   6:59 PM

Tissue Vending Machine

Tissue Vending Machine at Harajuku Station

At Harajuku Station in Tokyo (2002).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007   9:01 AM



One of the many advantages of English is that you can just make up a word if you want. Heartful is the classical example, but this real estate development company in the southwestern suburbs of Tokyo has been uniquely creative: "rivovation", as far as I can ascertain, is used nowhere in the known universe outside of this sign (added and now outside of this blog post).

Their website is at, but at the time of writing devoid of promising Engrish.

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Monday, November 26, 2007   7:10 PM



Surreal poetry from this café/gallery in Tokyo's Shibuya district:

Feasting my eyes on the shinny blue sky.There's floating alone a while cloud.
The twitterings of a lark catching my ear with pleasant sound.

(Spotted in 2002, no idea whether the place is still there)

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Sunday, November 25, 2007   7:09 PM

Nighttime Shinjuku (3)

Shinjuku at night: Nishi-guchi

Continuing southwards along the west side of Shinjuku Station from the previous shot: this is the Nishi-guchi (West Exit) area, featuring a collection of stores selling all sorts of electronic equipment - a sort of mini-Akihabara without the otaku.

Saturday, November 24, 2007   1:58 PM

Nighttime Shinjuku (2)

Shinjuku at night: Omoide Yokocho

The area depicted on this photo is on the other side of the railway bridge in the foreground of the previous Shinjuku nighttime shot. During the day it looks like a slummy collection of dilapidated shacks nestling on a small plot to the west side of Shinjuku station; at night it unfolds its true atmosphere, becoming a vibrant quarter crammed with tiny eating places. It's one of those little patches of Tokyo which has managed to resist the advance of sterile modernity, and long may it prosper.

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