Blog - Shinjuku at 5am

Photo Tokyo Shinjuku at 5am

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1. Shinjuku station Marunouchi line before 5am, the line starts at 5:35, so I chose to walk
2. 5:02 50:2, Nishi-Shinjuku
3. Kanda-gawa seen from Ōmekaidō
4. Yamate-dōri at Nakano-Sakaue. See how the street is made of tiles? That's because they're making an underground way below. The question is when will it fall?

Posted on October 29, 2005 at 12:33 | Tweet |


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Ha, these ghost-city pictures are pretty cool: they remind me of that 誰も写ってないんです (Tokyo Nobody) book I got as a bday gift... Where the guy managed to catch views of every single neighbourhoods and landmarks without a single soul to be seen... Some of them (Ginza, Shibuya...) are quite impressive especially since all are taken after sunrise...

Posted by dr Dave on October 29, 2005 at 13:02

but what were you doing at that time ?

Posted by antonin on October 29, 2005 at 18:58

dr Dave:
Sounds interesting! I'll try to check that out.

Getting back from seeing NOMIYA Maki at ageHa, of course. :)

Posted by Patrick on October 29, 2005 at 19:23

Those tiles sure are scary. I would hate to be driving over them when the big one hits..

Posted by Roy on October 29, 2005 at 19:48

Yeah! They've probably thought of a lot of things, but those tiles just can't survive forever. The creepiest thing is that they seem rather thin, as you can see light from under when looking down certain gaps at night.

Anyway I'd still like to visit the underground construction site.

Posted by Patrick on October 29, 2005 at 20:10

Wow, that's my old neighbourhood. That road has been under constuction for at least five years. I'm curious as to when it will be completed.

Posted by tomek on October 30, 2005 at 05:21

According to this, I think it would end in March 2007.

I certainly have trouble imagining Yamate-dōri without all the construction.

Posted by Patrick on October 30, 2005 at 17:11

As far as I know, the book Dr. Dave is talking about is long since out of print. It was part of a series of really great books. I think the publisher is called "Aspect" and it's part of the "Street Design File" series.

I have one from the series called Satellite of Love, which is a collection of amazing pictures of rooms in Love Hotels. All of them are crazy themed, with everything from torture tables to clamshell bathtubs, to waterfalls.

The pictures from the Tokyo Nobody one supposedly took over 10 years to compile.

Posted by brent on October 30, 2005 at 18:19

There are still two copies at Amazon Japan, and also a few used ones.

I've seen the love hotel book and other of NAKANO Masataka's books before. All very nice stuff!
I wish he'd make a book about my beloved Anzen-tarō (construction mannequins). :)

Posted by Patrick on October 30, 2005 at 21:21

Nice find!

Good idea on the Anzen Taro book. Let's hope it becomes a reality.

Posted by Brent on October 31, 2005 at 18:42

Nice pictures man. gives a great sense of atmosphere!!

Posted by Papigiulio on November 1, 2005 at 14:58


Posted by Patrick on November 1, 2005 at 15:12

especially like the small canal pic. i never seemed to find enough of those when i was there...

thanks - good pics!

Posted by tim t. on December 9, 2005 at 10:56

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