I was stunned that a Tokyo taxi driver doesn’t know where the Kanda river crosses a major boulevard

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「神田川で止めてください」タクシーの運転手にお願いしました。すると「どこですか」と言いましたから、驚きました。本当に東京の人は神田川を忘れたのでしょうか。夜に、はるか下のコンクリートの水路に鴨の声がまだ聞けます。

I love this view of the Kanda River, the older low-rise Nishi Shinjuku neighborhood, with the new towers rising in the background. It’s sad that the river is so dis-used that many people probably do not recognize it. Still, at night, I hear ducks quacking far below the street in this concrete channel.

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