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I love Shinjuku's hypnotic eye. Since 1969, this artwork by Miyashita Yoshiko is located straight across the rotary facing JR's west exit.

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Posted on June 21, 2006 at 21:29 | Tweet |

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Ah yes, the good ol' Shinjuku Eye. I like it when it changes colors. Freaky!!

Posted by Roy on June 22, 2006 at 09:54

Does it change colors? I thought it was just spinning.

Posted by Patrick on June 22, 2006 at 09:55

SWEET SLEAZY BUCKETS OF SUFFERING JESUS! I have never had the urge to travel so far for so little before. If you'll excuse my complete ignorance, what is JR? And does the eye really change colors?? What color does it change to? Are there photos? Seriously, if there was anything like this in a city I lived in, I would die of old age (or starvation, I guess) right there: staring raptly into The Eye.

What I love, though, is how no one else in the shot seems as hypnotized as I am by the photos alone. It's crazy how blasé one can get about something groovy that gets passed every day. You've given me a terrible urge to go gallivanting around my own city looking for such wonders, and I thank you for it.

Posted by Rev. Dr. Jack Zall on June 22, 2006 at 13:25

JR stands for Japan Railroad, one of the several train companies that pass through Shinjuku station.

More photos can be found on the net, try this Google Images search link for "新宿の目".

Posted by Patrick on June 22, 2006 at 13:29

It doesn't change color? I used to work in Shinjuku 10 years ago and walked by that eye every day. It was during a period when I was in a drunken stupor most of the time so maybe I just imagined it.

Posted by Roy on June 24, 2006 at 11:27

i just uploaded photos and a video on which you can see how the eye is spinning. colours are different to your pics, but maybe its just my camera. i don't know whether it really changes colours or not.
but it is absolutely fascinating anyways!
see here:

Posted by Julia on July 9, 2007 at 21:45

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