renovation

On a cloudy day, the netting obscures even more

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曇りの日、ネッティングのために暗くなります。二番目に高い階と、間に、作業員が立っています。下に、シュロのヤシの木がいいコントラストを作り出しています。

If you look carefully, you can see a worker in the middle of the second highest floor. I also like the contrast between the construction materials, the over-loaded electric pole, and the volunteer palm tree that rises out of the parking lot.

Construction workers have replaced plants outside our apartment

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今ベランダで植物の代わりに、作業員の人たちがたくさん居ます。たまにうるさい音がしますけれど、計画的に仕事をして、礼儀正しいです。中で見ていないふりをします。まるでいつもと変わらないふりです。

No one likes construction. However, the workers are extremely organized and polite. When they pass by, they pretend not to look inside. And we pretend not to see them.

Seeing Tokyo through netting and scaffolding

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ネッティングと足場を通して東京がまだ見えます。光が少なくなって、それに、ベランダの植物がないので寂しい。

Living in a construction site has been strange. There’s less light, there are no plants outside, and there’s a netting between us and the city.

Balcony garden has been relocated due to building maintenance

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空っぽになったベランダを見て、びっくりしました。ベランダの二百種類くらいの植物が東京の家族の小さな庭に移転されました。パートナーがこの写真を取って、Say Hi というサイトに載せました。ビルメンテナンスのために、二ヶ月以上、家に庭がありません。

It’s a shock for me, too, to see this photo of my empty balcony.  The 200 or so plants on my Tokyo mid-rise balcony have been relocated to my in-laws’ small garden.

Our building is undergoing a two and a half month exterior renovation to patch cracks, replace drainage pipes, and otherwise maintain this 40 year old building. My spouse Shu Kuge took this photo and posted it to Say Hi.

In the garden’s absence, I’ll be focusing more on photos and stories about my neighborhood and Tokyo. Next up is a blog series documenting the demolition of two neighboring homes near my apartment.

Tokyo Station unwrapped and glowing at night

足場が取れて、きれいな東京駅が見えます。まだ入口と広場は工事中です。

The scaffolding has come down from the gorgeous red brick Tokyo Station after years of renovation. Still to come are the re-done entries and front plaza.