This photo has been taken from the rooftop of a skyscraper in Minato ward in central Tokyo. The characteristic, pencil-shaped skyscraper is NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building. It is not located in Shinjuku but in Shibuya. The skyscraper with two towers on the left is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. […]
There is no such city as Tokyo. Did you know that? Seriously. At least in an administrative sense, Tokyo doesn’t exist anymore as a single city or municipality. In 1943 Tokyo City ceased to exist and was merged with its prefecture and its area is now occupied by the 23 special wards of Tokyo. They have a unique status and all refer to themselves as cities, which is confusing because it is widely known that the capital city of Japan is…
Shinjuku (in Japanese: 新宿区) is one the 23 special wards in Tokyo Metropolis. It has a population of about 312 thousand and the largest concentration of skyscrapers in Tokyo. But not only that, it also has the world’s busiest train station. Shinjuku Station is gigantic, in 2007 it was used by an average of 3.64 million people per day. It has 36 platforms and over 200 exits. Yes, more than 200 exits! I used it a few times and I almost got lost a few times. […]
I am a big fan of Japan and all things Japanese. This is one the first images that I took during my first stay there. It was taken from a location in Minato ward. What makes it special for me is the silhouette of Mt. Fuji clearly visible on the horizon. Tokyo Tower must have been inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.