中野駅

Put out the tobacco, Tokyo. Enough already.

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最近、中野駅のガード下で見かけました。子供の象が大人の象にタバコをやめた方がいいと教えています。良いアイデアだと思います。

Recently featured in the Nakano JR station underpass, this kids drawing uses elephants to persuade adults to stop smoking. The kids are right. Enough already!

Forest house and Nakano Twin Towers on my walk to the station

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中野駅までの静かな路地は、歩きやすいです。

The house with the orange vine, aka forest house, is where I think Totoro is hanging out with tanuki. This quiet alley rarely has cars, and it makes for a calm walk to the station.

The loquat tree by the Royal Host is full of almost ripe fruit

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お店で枇杷が5個で700円で売られているのを見たばかりです。JR中野駅の南に、大きい枇杷の木があって、フルーツがほとんど熟しています。食べられると思います。

I just saw a small plate of 5 loquats for 700 yen at the store. On the south side of Nakano’s JR station, next to the Royal Host on Nakano Dori, there’s an enormous loquat tree full of fruit. It’s right above the pedestrian path, and seems to be free for the eating.

Black Marilyn Monroe featured in aging commercial corridor

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中野駅の近くにある、黒色のマリリン・モンローが飾ってある店は廃墟化しています。

This small commercial strip, near the center of Nakano, seems semi-abandoned.