Chewing on Tokyo’s bamboo forests 東京の竹林

Although not as famous as the Arashiyama bamboo forest in Kyoto, there are several places in Tokyo to enjoy bamboo. Here’s a list and map of the top bamboo groves in Japan’s capital.


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…

Yotsuya: Wisdom on the hill 山の上の上智 (1955, 2013)

A traditional Japanese house nestled in the hills of Kamakura provides a tranquil setting for Sound of the Mountain 山の音 (Yama no Oto), a 1954 family drama directed by Mikio Naruse 成瀬 巳喜男. Like the house, the elderly mother and father are slowly and steadily aging, following routines established over the course of years. Living…

Haneda sanpo! (Walking to Haneda Airport) 羽田空港への散歩

Can I walk to Haneda airport? Please read on for an account of a late-night sanpo/sampo 散歩… 1.  The road more traveled In Edo-period Japan the Tōkaidō 東海道 road linked the shōgun’s capital, Edo (modern-day Tokyo), with the emperor’s capital, Kyoto, allowing the shogun to maintain administrative control over Japan. Shinagawa, the first stage of…