Month: December 2013

Finally, we can see the sky from our apartment. Scaffolding and net for painting are gone.

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やっと、マンションから空が見えます。再塗装のための足場もネットもなくなりました。

Another sad view of the Shibuya river. Is this Tokyo’s most unloved river?

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悲しい渋谷川の景色がもう一つ。この川は東京のなかで、一番愛されていないのでしょうか。

 

Have you seen Shibuya Station recently? Seems to be demolition time, with a new mega-building in the making?

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最近渋谷駅を見ましたか。今デパートとJRホームの構造を取り壊しています。手前で、新しいヒカリエという東急会社のビルが登場しましたが、どんな新しいショッピング・ターワーを作ろうとしているのでしょうか。東横線が今は地下に入ったので、もっと地上のスペースができたのでしょうか。

It seems the Tokyu department store above the station is being demo’d. I expect it will be another mega-shopping, “cultural” and office tower like the brand new Hikarie across the street. I wonder how it will be different and even “newer.”

Another rail change is the demolition of the elevated Toyoko line to Daikanyama, Nakameguro, and on to Yokohama, which has been replaced with the underground extension of the Fukutoshin subway line. Is there a plan on how to use this reclaimed public space?

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Tea cup balconies and giant chef’s head decorate entrance to Kappabashi, Tokyo’s Kitchen Town

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合羽橋を知っていますか。台所に必要なものが何でもあります。最近フライパンを買いました。大きなシェフの頭とベランダのカップが面白いと思いませんか?

Between Asakusa and Ueno is Kappabashi, or Kitchen Town, a great place to buy everything from pots and pans to kitchenware and even the plastic foods restaurants use to advertise their menus outside. I’d seen the giant chef’s head online, but was completely surprised by the red, white and blue teacup balconies across the street and next to the police box.

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Tall palms define border of 1970s modernist-style mansion’s lawn

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外国産の背が高いヤシの木は大きい庭の境界線にとてもすてきです。

Few homes in Tokyo have lawns, let alone a row of tall exotic palms. If I’m not mistaken, these may be butia palms from South America. What a cool garden. Near Sangubashi.

A small truck brings Buenos Aires Bar, an exotic treat, to central Tokyo

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小さなトラックは、エキゾチックな南米の都市にあるバーの雰囲気を東京の都心に連れて来ます。この秋の日に、ハイキングスタイルとウエスタン男子ファッションは面白いと思います。

Biking through Yoyogi Park you never know what you’ll run into. One weekend, Shibuya Camp appeared with gorgeous tents and folk music. This truck brings a Buenos Aires Bar to Tokyo in fall. Based on the men’s fall outfits, you might think you’re at the start of a mountain trail in South America.

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Rust colored wood house survives in Nakano backstreets

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中野の路地を自転車で進んでいるときに、きれいな錆色の木造住宅を見ました。中はどんな感じなのだろうか。

Biking home on the back streets, I founds this handsome old house. I wonder what it’s like inside.

Narrow staircase leads up the scaffolding

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マンションの入り口の隣に、狭い足場の入り口もあります。

Next to the building’s front door, there is also now the entrance to the scaffolding. It’s narrow and partially hidden.

White board at building entrance informs residents about daily schedule

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毎週、ホワイトボードに、再塗装に関するスケジュールが手書きで書かれます。計画的で、コミュニケーションが上手です。

I am amazed at how organized the painters are, and how clearly they communicate to the residents. This handy white board is updated every week.