Sunday, 29 January 2012

Tokyo Walk : Tokyo - Yurakucho - Ginza / 東京歩き

Tokyo Walk : Started from Kawasaki riding train going Tokyo at 12:00. Seeing Imperial palace , House of representative building then Ginza Street. At night around 20:30 went to Ebius to attend marriage party of my Japanese teacher and later home around 23:00.
東京歩き:川崎から東京行って皇居を見て、後銀座。。。
Waiting at Kawasaki Station to ride train going Tokyo Station. It takes around 20 mins by Tokaido Line.
東海道線待ち、川崎駅から東京駅まで。。

Kid trying to find his destination
目的位置探してる

Inside train Tokaido Train : A girl with GAP shopping bag scrolling her IPhone.
IPHONEだ。。

Huge Tokyo Station : Tokyo Station (東京駅; -eki) is a train station located in the Marunouchi business district of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district. You can find the exact location of Tokyo Station on our Tokyo Map. It is the starting point and terminus for most of Japan's Shinkansen lines and is also served by many local and regional commuter lines. Unusually for a major Japanese station it is not linked to any private (i.e. non-JR) railway lines.
東京の表玄関とも言うべきターミナル駅で、プラットホームの数は日本一多く、在来線が地上5面10線と地下4面8線の合計9面18線、新幹線が地上5面10線、地下鉄は地下1面2線を有しており、面積は東京ドーム約3.6個分に相当する。赤レンガ造りの丸の内口駅舎は1914年竣工で、国の重要文化財に指定されている。「関東の駅百選」認定駅でもある。現在、北海道と北陸地方(新潟県を除く)離島でレールが繋がっていない沖縄地方以外の各地方へ(から)の列車が発着している。

Inside Tokyo Station : Lots of People , Lots of Malls.
tokyo Station (東京駅; -eki) is a train station located in the Marunouchi business district of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district. You can find the exact location of Tokyo Station on our Tokyo Map. It is the starting point and terminus for most of Japan's Shinkansen lines and is also served by many local and regional commuter lines. Unusually for a major Japanese station it is not linked to any private (i.e. non-JR) railway lines. 

Tourists with there Kids and lots of baggage at Tokyo Station.
The main station facade on the western side of the station is brick-built and was fashioned after Amsterdam's main station. The main station consists of 10 platforms, serving 20 tracks, raised above street level running in a north-south direction. The main concourse runs east-west below the platforms. The Shinkansen lines are on the east side of the station, along with a multi-story Daimaru department store.

Underground are the two Sōbu / Yokosuka line platforms serving four tracks (five stories below ground level) to the west of the station; the two Keiyō line platforms serving four tracks are four stories below ground some hundreds of meters to the south of the main station with moving sidewalks to serve connecting passengers. The Keiyō line serves passengers going to Tokyo Disneyland and Makuhari Messe.

The whole complex is linked by an extensive system of underground passageways which merge with surrounding commercial buildings and shopping centres.

Get out from  Marunouchi Gate and walk towards Imperial Palace in between huge building.
Outside Tokyo Station going towards Imperial Palace

Outside Tokyo Station going towards Imperial Palace. Straight is Imperial palace.

The current Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. In 1868, the shogunate was overthrown, and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two, and rebuilt in the same style, afterwards.
東京駅丸の内側を出てまっすぐ進むと見えるのが皇居外苑(皇居前広場)。江戸時代は重臣がこのあたりに住んでいた。内堀通りから南側を見ると東京タワーが見える。皇居東御苑は早い時間に閉まってしまうが、外苑の夜は有楽町や東京に近いこともあり、綺麗な夜景が見られる。

Located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station, Marunouchi (丸の内) is one of Japan's most prestigious business districts. During the Edo Period, Marunouchi (literally "within the enclosure") was located within the outer moats of Edo Castle and contained the residences of some of Japan's most powerful feudal lords. Together with neighboring Otemachi, Marunouchi is now home to the headquarters of many of Japan's most powerful companies, particularly from the financial sector.

The Gate inside we cannot enter except January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday).
 The current Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. In 1868, the shogunate was overthrown, and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two, and rebuilt in the same style, afterwards.
桜田門:桜田門は大老・井伊直弼が1860年3月3日の雪の朝、水戸浪士らに暗殺されたという桜田門外の変が起きたおきた場所。重要文化財


MAI - Meet her first time . Accompanied on tokyo walk. 

Located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station, Marunouchi (丸の内) is one of Japan's most prestigious business districts. During the Edo Period, Marunouchi (literally "within the enclosure") was located within the outer moats of Edo Castle and contained the residences of some of Japan's most powerful feudal lords. Together with neighboring Otemachi, Marunouchi is now home to the headquarters of many of Japan's most powerful companies, particularly from the financial sector.

First I though its snow floating but looking carefully find out its  Swan  doing fishing.

Located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station, Marunouchi (丸の内) is one of Japan's most prestigious business districts. During the Edo Period, Marunouchi (literally "within the enclosure") was located within the outer moats of Edo Castle and contained the residences of some of Japan's most powerful feudal lords. Together with neighboring Otemachi, Marunouchi is now home to the headquarters of many of Japan's most powerful companies, particularly from the financial sector.

From Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, visitors can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.
楠木正成像:楠木正成は鎌倉幕府の崩壊(1333年)に活躍した人物。南北朝時代は足利尊氏にそむき後醍醐天皇側についた。後醍醐天皇の建武の新政で今の大阪府のあたりの守護に任ぜられた。尊氏軍に敗れ最期を遂げた。

Located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station, Marunouchi (丸の内) is one of Japan's most prestigious business districts. During the Edo Period, Marunouchi (literally "within the enclosure") was located within the outer moats of Edo Castle and contained the residences of some of Japan's most powerful feudal lords. Together with neighboring Otemachi, Marunouchi is now home to the headquarters of many of Japan's most powerful companies, particularly from the financial sector.

Imperial Palace Gate 

Located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station, Marunouchi (丸の内) is one of Japan's most prestigious business districts. During the Edo Period, Marunouchi (literally "within the enclosure") was located within the outer moats of Edo Castle and contained the residences of some of Japan's most powerful feudal lords. Together with neighboring Otemachi, Marunouchi is now home to the headquarters of many of Japan's most powerful companies, particularly from the financial sector.

From Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, visitors can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.
二重橋:皇居の観光の定番といえるスポット。2つの橋があり手前がめがね橋、奥が昔は二重構造であったことから二重橋と呼ばれていたが、現在では二つ合わせて二重橋と呼ぶ。新年と天皇誕生日の一般参賀の時はここから御所に入ることになる。

Sunday there are lot of people practicing for marathon here. They run around the palace. Around 400 or more people  run.

Lake protecting the Palace.
One of the Gates of the Palace

The main house of the Japanese Congress and the main administrative and political center of Japan. Japan is a monarchy/ parliamentary system where the emperor is the head of state but actual political power is exercised by the prime minister who has offices here in the Diet Building. The Diet Building was completed in 1936 and is constructed entirely out of Japanese building materials. the building is divided into the house of councilors and the house of representatives.  Just across the road from Nagata-cho Station (Yurakucho subway line).

Walking Back to Tokyo to find restaurant to find some food. 

Korean Restaurant near Kanda Station . It is build under JR lines.

Spicy Korean Food : Its like ramen where you add rice. Its a big bowl with 1000 Yen only. Nice Tasty food.


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Giza Street : The Ginza (銀座) is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.

Ginza Street : One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence.

Free Music Presentation at Yamaha Building in Ginza
Yamaha is Japan’s leading general musical instrument manufacturer, and creates a very wide range of classical music instruments to modern electrical instruments. To express the essence of Yamaha’s brand and materialize its architectural design at Ginza, in which a number of worldly-famous brand shops are gathered, the basic themes of this architecture are set out to be “a building that exudes the feel of sound and music” and “the union of tradition and innovation”. To achieve the building’s concept image, which is a woodwind instrument that is placed inside a glass showcase, the connected three atrium spaces facing the streets are finished with wooden materials of curved molding that reminds the woodwind instruments. The façade of the building is composed of the diagonal grid expressing the fluidity of music, and the differently tinted sheets of gold-leaf laminated glass scattered in a random pattern expressing the brass instruments. With this façade, a number of musical senses are tried to be expressed in this architecture: a sparkling and shifting sense of sound, a rhythm, and a sense of constant change and transformation through time, which is reminiscent of an Impressionist painting. Gold-leaf laminated glasses are newly developed by sandwiching Japanese traditional craftsman’s gold dust between high-translucency glasses using modern technologies. In addition to an image of brass instruments, it represents Japanese traditional image. By hanging these gold-leaf laminated glasses with the diagonal cable-grid system, a new type of curtain wall, which also could be said “a modern version of stained glass”, made it possible to see through from inside and outside. 

Ginza - Revolving restaurant
Chinese themed restaurant atop the Hyundai Department store in Cheonho, Tokyo. Rotates counterclockwise unlike most revolving restaurants.

Starbuck @ Yūrakuchō Station (有楽町駅, Yūrakuchō-eki)

Japanese Teacher Wedding ( Hijikata ) : Meeting after 6 years first time in Ebius.

Back Home after Long walk - Kawasaki at Night around 23:00

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