Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2009/02/23 Shinshiba, Tokyo

Since Tamachi station and Mita station are north and east of the hotel where we normally stay, the  morning commutes to the university are a regular walk that way.  I decided to take a roundabout route east and south to look around, on the way to Tamachi station.

The area is called Shinshiba. Looking west, the towers — it’s hard to judge whether they’re offices or apartments — are built up to the edge of the canal.

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To these southwest, the pedestrian bridge is painted pink.

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I followed the main road to walk south over a bridge.  On subsequent walks, I discovered a Hanamasa supermarket further down this road.  Beyond that, there’s more highrises.

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Following the main road, I turned east at the pedestrian crosswalk at the traffic lights.

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Ot the souteast corner of the next major intersection, the old location of the Shibaura Institute of Technology has been vacated and not yet replaced with a new tenant.

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On the northeast corner, there are restaurants on higher floors of that tower.

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Walking north, I again crossed the canal.  Looking eastward, the buildings are so built up so that I expect that shadows are cast on the water almost all day.

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I approached Shibaura Unga Dori, and could see the Shibuaura trains station behind.  My usual route takes me west to the hotel.

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Near the corner, I noticed a map of the area.  The blue is a reminder of the relative proximity to Tokyo Bay.

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Approaching Tamachi station, the restaurants had lunch displays out, both for dining in and for takeout.

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The Shibaura neighbourhood doesn’t seem to be a destination for tourists.  The apartments and offices in the area demonstrate mixed use planning, so there are always feet on the street both day and night.

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