Posts tagged "東京"
Muteppo in Nakano, Session 2

Muteppo in Nakano, Session 2

I hadn’t planned to create a second article about the Nakano branch of Muteppō (無鉄砲東京中野店), but sometimes adventures don’t follow the path we expect. I’m learning that, more often than not, that’s a great thing. On solo stays in Tokyo, I’m almost always based out of Nishi-Shinjuku. No matter how far I’ve ventured, I can...
Tateishi

Tateishi

My first experience of Tateishi (立石) was with my then three-year-old daughter Mei permanently attached to one of my hands. We were accompanying my wife on a week long business trip. My job was to keep this small person fed, hydrated and entertained during the daytime. Fortunately, in Tokyo there is no shortage of choices...
Shitamachi Walk

Shitamachi Walk

When I visit Japan for neighborhood studies, I tend to set very specific location boundaries, time limits and objectives. I don’t have many opportunities to do this, so I try to maximize use of the time, though it means I inevitably miss out on spontaneous discoveries and the therapeutic value of wandering around with no...
Arakicho

Arakicho

Based on the handful of written accounts I’ve come across, it seems there are two Arakichō (荒木町). By day, mostly low-rise, generally older housing and a healthy layer of plant matter carpet this ravine carved out of the highland between Akebonobashi Station and Yotsuya-sanchōme Station in Shinjuku Ward. An unhurried but methodical walk through its...
Ni-chome Tsukemen GACHI in Shinjuku

Ni-chome Tsukemen GACHI in Shinjuku

My first dip into the Mensho group of ramen shops is not the original Menya Shono but the second shop, Ni-chōme Tsukemen GACHI (二丁目つけめん GACHI), a short walk east from Shinjuku Station in one of Tokyo’s drinkiest neighborhoods. As always, not only are the caloric needs of The Tokyo Project fueled by chewy wheat noodles...
Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 3

Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 3

As with the preceding walk through the Musashikoyama Palm Shōtengai, this return visit to the Togoshi Ginza Shōtengai (戸越銀座商店街) was an unplanned addition to this volume of The Tokyo Project. Because they’re so close to each other, I’ve always put Palm and Togoshi Ginza together as a pair. The balmy summer evening has brought everyone...
Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 3

Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 3

This post wasn’t supposed to be a post. I had taken photowalks of the Musashikoyama Palm Shōtengai (武蔵小山商店街パルム) in 2012 (Palm Shotengai in Musashikoyama) and 2013 (Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 2). In 2014 August, on one of the last days in Tokyo of our first trip to Japan as a family of three, I brought...
Jujo Fujimi Ginza Shotengai

Jujo Fujimi Ginza Shotengai

Jūjō Fujimi Ginza Shōtengai (十条富士見銀座商店街) is a quiet, 190 meter open air shopping street that picks up the residual foot traffic spilling out of the north end of much larger Jūjō Ginza Shōtengai, passing through residential Jūjō Nakahara 2-chōme and ending at arterial Kannana-dōri in Kita Ward. This visit was the coda to a day...
Jujo Ginza Shotengai

Jujo Ginza Shotengai

Jūjō Ginza Shōtengai (十条銀座商店街) is a serpentine, covered shopping street that begins at Jūjō Station and runs north, parallel to the JR Saikyō Line in Kita Ward. The main arcade is approximately 380 meters, but connected side streets, both covered and open air, create a large, branching tree of walkable space that is home to...
Akabane Suzuran-dori Shotengai

Akabane Suzuran-dori Shotengai

Akabane Suzuran-dōri Shōtengai (赤羽スズラン通り商店街), which also goes by the nickname La La Garden (ラ・ラ・ガーデン), is a 330 meter covered shopping street in Akabane, Kita Ward. The west entrance to the arcade is about 200 meters to the east of Akabane Station, a very active hub served by the Tōhoku Main Line, Takasaki Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line,...
The Tokyo Project, Volume 3

The Tokyo Project, Volume 3

It’s that time again! Over the next few months I will be publishing the third installment of The Tokyo Project, a deep look at the city’s extensive transit oriented development and culture of urban commons. Volume 1 used transit as a framework to highlight interesting development. Volume 2 focused more on the business considerations of...
Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 2

Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 2

Originally, I had planned to shoot video for my second visit to Togoshi Ginza Shōtengai (戸越銀座商店街), but heavy rains during the week courtesy of Typhoon Lekima passing out at sea had other ideas. With a compressed schedule, I decided not to rush things and just enjoy the evening there. On our first visit, we saw...