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…

(a picture’s worth a thousand words) 百聞は一見に如かず, a Kawasaki sanpo

I.     What’s in Kawasaki? Three times at work today I was met with blank stares when mentioning my weekend visit to Kawasaki 川崎市, an industrial city probably overlooked by most travelers (and Tokyo natives) as they head south from Tokyo to Yokohama.  The wide and occasionally flood-prone Tama River 多摩川 (Tamagawa) acts as a physical…