Shinjuku from the Takashimaya department store rooftop

Some wonderful views from the rooftop of the Takashimaya Shinjuku 新宿タカシマヤ department store (map). (1) Looking west towards the Park Hyatt and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 東京都庁: (2) Shinjuku-sanchome to the northeast: (3) Looking south towards the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building NTTドコモ代々木ビル: (4) And looking southeast towards Tokyo Tower: For old photos from the rooftops…

Planned community: Mejiro Cultural Village 目白文化村 (1922)

Originally posted on the tokyo files: urban design 東京の都市デザイン:
Mejiro Cultural Village 目白文化村 めじろぶんかむら was a luxury residential area (高級住宅街) said to be modeled after Beverly Hills (source). I will provide some of the general details, but if you are interested in the details of this development, I suggest you refer to the following website, which is…

Tokyo day trip: riding into Shibamata on Tora-san’s coat-tails

Intro This post started with a question from one of my readers: what is Katsushika? A few things come to mind: Katsushika 葛飾区 is one of Tokyo’s 23 main wards; it’s on the fringes and probably one of the least well-known The Nakagawa river 中川 dominates the geography of the ward, essentially splitting it down the middle While riding the Skyliner to Narita Airport, Katsushika surrounds…

Walking on water: the underground rivers of Tokyo 東京の地下河川や運河の地図

Underground rivers and streams course below the surface of Tokyo, making fascinating walking paths all across the city. The Tokyo Files is mapping pedestrian paths and “green roads” that follow the route of old rivers and streams. This is a travel guide to Tokyo’s rivers of the past.

Sazae-san and Sakurashinmachi: Sunday sanpo on the Nomikawa Green Road

Originally posted on the tokyo files archives 東京ファイル:
Sazae-san サザエさん is an incredibly well-known cartoon in Japan. It’s author, Machiko Hasegawa 長谷川町子 lived in Sakurashinmachi 桜新町, a leafy Tokyo that served as the comic’s setting. Several statues of the cartoon characters are on the sidewalks, including this one (below, left) near Sakurashinmachi Station 桜新町駅. South of the station is the Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum 長谷川町子美術館, which covers Sazae-san…

Ad Balloons on the Ginza: Float, Young Advertisers! (1890-1989)

In 1890, an Englishman named Spencer jumped from a hot air balloon with a parachute in Tokyo’s Ueno park. His exploits would be memorialized by Kikugoro, a famous Kabuki actor. Advertising was a key element of Spencer’s act, and balloons would become used prominently in Japanese advertising throughout the 20th century.