Posts tagged "public transit"
Hanayamata and the Enoshima Electric Railway

Hanayamata and the Enoshima Electric Railway

I only have the chance to ride public transit in Japan every so often, but I am still able to observe it almost everyday through its frequent inclusion in anime and other pop culture media. The Enoshima Electric Railway (江ノ島電鉄), or Enoden (江ノ電), is something of a poster child for this phenomenon, notable not just...
Toden Arakawa Line

Toden Arakawa Line

The Toden Arakawa Line (都電荒川線) is the last extant line of the Tokyo Toden, a network of streetcars that once counted 41 lines and 214km of track weaving throughout the city. Over time the lines were gradually phased out in favor of bus and subway routes (a phenomenon not unique to Tokyo or Japan), leaving...
Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

On the west side of Tokyo in Setagaya Ward, at the intersection of the Odakyū Odawara Line and Keio Inokashira Line, one will find Shimokitazawa (下北沢), or “Shimokita” for short. The neighborhood encompasses all of the things The Tokyo Project set out to explore. It has ample access to public transit with frequent trains on both...
Shibuya

Shibuya

Shibuya (渋谷) is one of Tokyo’s 23 special wards, and the name of a municipality and the large transit hub within that ward. But the area it most commonly denotes is the pumping commercial heart fanning out up the slope to the northwest side of the station. A map will tell you this consists of...
Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station

In an era when many people, places and things are slapped with superlatives of all kinds (often for the purpose of marketing said person, place or thing), the massiveness of Shinjuku Station (新宿駅), a commuter rail hub straddling the border of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Shibuya wards, is the real thing. The station has 36 platforms,...
Intercity Rail in China

Intercity Rail in China

I’ve been following general political and business developments in China for the past three years, and specifically looking at public transit infrastructure for about the last 18 months. I would be exaggerating if I said I had gained more than a superficial outsider’s understanding of either. At the moment, I still rely on English language...
Shanghai Metro Zhongshan Park Station

Shanghai Metro Zhongshan Park Station

On the China leg of a recent trip to Asia, visiting family and downtime were the orders of the day. A hop over to Tokyo for several days of running around photographing and filming some of the world’s best transit oriented development was my main course in terms of Third Place Media portfolio work, but...