|"Iroiro - October 2006" -
Shibuya, Ota-ku, & Akihabara by Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass
(Above) In front of Shibuya Station. Once upon a time, buses were painted all the same color depending on the bus company. Since the advertisers that pay to repaint them now try pretty hard to have interesting-looking ads, I generally enjoy the change, although it seemed a little strange at first, and for someone who isn't already familiar with the bus system, it must make it more difficult to understand.
(Above) On the Yamanote Line. Once upon a time, nearly everyone here had black hair, now so many people dye their hair, that someone with jet-black hair actually stands out "Wow! Black hair!...."
(Above) Kannana-Dori (Something like "Main Road #7") at night (in Ota-ku).
(Above) Gotanda Station
(Above & Below) Car Culture Japan
(Above) A "Shotengai" (shopping street) in Ota-ku
(Above) Gotanda Station at the beginning of the evening rush.(Above & below) Yoyogi Station on the Yamanote Line. In the above photo, the woman in blue was skeptical that she could fit onto the train, so her friends had to convince her and help pull her on. (She must be new to either Tokyo or to the rush-hour(sssss) trains!) The overhead structure of this station is the old type - fast disappearing as they renovate/rebuild one train station after another.
(Above) From Yoyogi Station, I walked over to Kinokuniya Bookstore - where I had a look at a new Sanseido dictionary that had just been put on sale that very day (October 27th, 2006). In the Chuo Line, I had noticed an ad for it that morning, one that seemed to indicate that it might come with software (as did another Sanseido dictionary I bought around 1998), but when I found the actual dictionary and looked at the ad at the display more closely (the same one as on the train) it turned out that if you bought the dictionary, they let you access an on-line version. Not something I'm interested in. I want electronic dictionaries to install on my hard drive... so I walked back to Yoyogi Station (below) and headed over to Akihabara for computer parts.
(Above & Below) Yoyogi Station again - en route to Akihabara.
(Above & below) Akihabara - computer and electronic gizmo capital of... Japan?, the world?
(Above & below) The newly developed part of Akihabara
(Above & Below) Tokyo Station (The silver & blue train is the Keihin-Tohoku Line.)Copyright 2006 by Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass, Tokyo