Monday, May 17, 2010

"Higashi-Ginza, Ginza Stroll, and Yurakucho"

Starting off near Higashi-Ginza after riding into Ginza on the Hibiya Line, and then walking into Ginza and then over to Yurakucho.

"Higashi-Ginza Station Area" (100511Tu-1251)

The above-ground station area for Higashi-Ginza Station, on the Hibiya (subway) Line.  Walking towards the (former) Ginza Kabuki Theater, which workers were just putting up barriers around to prepare for demolishing it.

地下鉄日比谷線の東銀座駅あたり  東京

"Large Asphalt Intersection in Ginza" (100511Tu-1254)

Waiting to cross a large asphalt intersection built for the convenience of fire-breathing machinery.  I can remember an age when large streets and intersections were where people and businesses wanted to be -  now they just feel like toxic zones (full of air and noise pollution) to avoid.  Two-lane streets are not so bad, but four and six lane roads are horrible to be on or near if you're not driving.

To my car-owning friends: I know - you love your cars, and I loved mine when I owned them, but the world will be a vastly better place when humanity gets past using bloody internal combustion engines.

東銀座駅あたり  東京

"Showa-dori Stroll" (100511Tu-1255)

A stroll along Ginza's Showa-dori - which is no fun at all, due to the constant unpleasant noise of internal combustion noxious gas emitting machinery.  I can't believe how much I used to love cars... I hate them now - or, more specifically, I hate them in the city, where they're not necessary and they degrade the quality of life for everyone (via noise, pollution, and space consumed, etc.).

銀座の昭和通り...と言うか、雑音通りを言ったほうがいいのか... (車は嫌いです)  東京

"Ginza Showa-dori, Waiting for Light" (100511Tu-1258)

Standing on a corner, looking around while waiting for the light to change.

Walking would be a lot more pleasant throughout the city if non-commercial vehicles were banned.  When you get to a certain density of population, personal cars don't make much sense any more.

銀座の昭和通り... シグナルを青になるまで見回る  東京

"Nearing Yurakucho Station" (100511Tu-1737)

Walking towards Yurakucho Station in the evening... looking up... watching an outbound shinkansen train pass, etc.

有楽町駅に向かって上に見たり、新幹線を通るを見たり...  東京

"Yurakucho Plaza - Heading Under Tracks" (100511Tu-1738)

Looking around the plaza in front of Yurakucho Station in the twilight just before night.

有楽町駅前の夕方広場  東京

"Yurakucho Crosswalk by Station" (100511Tu-1739)

Walking over to the crosswalk in front of Yurakucho Station on my way to the Denki Building.

有楽町駅前の横断歩道  東京

"Yurakucho - Crossing Sidewalk" (100511Tu-1740)

Walking across the wide sidewalk in front of Yurakucho Station on my way to the Denki Building.

有楽町駅前の横断歩道を渡る  東京

"Yurakucho - Umbrella Stroll to Station" (100511Tu-1828)

Walking back to Yurakucho Station in the rain (from the Denki Building).

有楽町駅までの傘散歩  東京

"Boarding Keihin-Tohoku Line at Yurakucho" (100511Tu-1829)

Looking around the Yurakucho Station platform - watching trains, including a Keihin-Tohoku Line train, which I board as a Yamanote Line train comes in on the other side of the platform.

有楽町駅で京浜東北線電車を乗る  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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