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March 03, 2006

Ochanomizu, Yushima and Ueno

The weather in Tokyo has been truly miserable this week. It was not what I was hoping for after spending a week in cold, wet England.

I did manage to get out a bit yesterday, however, and the rain held off long enough for me to wander from Ochanomizu to Sendagi, pick up some senbei and get back home.

This is a picture from Ochanomizu looking east along the train tracks to Akihabara. The water on the bottom left is Kandagawa, although it looks more like a canal. It is a small example of how crowded Tokyo seems sometimes.

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From there, I walked north towards the old part of town (shitamachi)...I really have been spending too much time exploring this part of town, but it was very close and I had nothing better to do. Just across the river from Ochanomizu is Yushima and I walked by this temple. Not being someone who can resist a picture of yet another temple, I had to stop and get this shot. It was very colorful and well maintained...I imagine it would look fantastic if it was sunny!

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I also walked a bit through Ueno Park, but what really caught my eye was this building, the Hotel Sofitel, which I assume is not related in any way to the European chain. It struck me as being the one sure place I would NOT want to be when the big earthquake finally comes. I got vertigo just imagining what it would be like up there. Scary.

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I took a bunch of other pictures, but they did not seem blog-worthy. I may put them in the photo album later. Maybe.

Posted by Kirk on March 3, 2006 03:33 PM


Indeed, the hotel you mentioned is part of European Sofitel group. It was originally built for Hotel Kojima which went bankruptcy and then acquired by Sofitel group.

Posted by: ryo at March 6, 2006 01:21 PM