Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Shinbashi in the minato ward, in central Tokyo. Is a major railway hub now reborn with the new shiodome commercial complex.
The name translated as new bridge, derives from the bridge use by the Tokaido to span the tameike river, founded in 1710 and the end of the first railway station in Japan in 1872.
The original station was build on the area now on the Shiodome commercial complex, the station is also terminus for the Yurikamome line, that services the Odaiba area.
The station is also personify the Japanese office worker, and TV news programs conduct interview there, as a representative of the Japanese average office worker opinion. Workers like to go to shinbashi for a last drink before going home.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The Kabuki-za Theater in Ginza, Tokyo, is Japan foremost Kabuki theater and one of Tokyo most beautiful landmarks.
The theater opened in 1898 was destroyed in a fire on 1921, restored on 1923, and heavily damaged by the War raids, it was rebuilt a third time in 1951 to the current structure, an stunning white building now considered a tangible cultural property by the government. The company owning the building has deciding on closing and rebuilding this building in 2010, to construct an office and theatre complex on the current site (the government classification allows for remodeling and dismantling).
Kabuki is a Japanese traditional form of dance and theatre performed by an all male cast. Programs are divided in several shows divided in matinee and evening show, from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. The whole day extravaganza may be too much for the un-initiated, there is a single show ticket.
The theater is offering a farewell performance until April next year, where you can appreciate the art in this beautiful building before is destroyed next year.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The Temple Zojo in Minato in Tokyo, Japan is a Buddhist temple founded in 1939, relocated to his present location in 1598 by the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, Ieyasu Tokugawa. The cathedral, temples, and mausoleum of the Tokugawa family were burned down during world war II, The cathedral and other structures have been rebuilt now.
The Main gate Sangedatsumon is a wooden structure of 21 meters of height, 28.7 meters in width and 17.6 meters in depth. Built in 1622 is the only structure to survive the war and is considered an important cultural property
The Daiden Main hall was rebuilt in 1974,and is the site of several religious ceremonies.
Six of the 15 tokugawa shogus are buried at the mausoleum of the tokugawa shoguns. The doors to the mausoleum display the seal of the tokugawa family.
Zojoji originally covered an area of 826,000 meters, some of the area is now a park,and Tokyo prince hotel. The Nitenmon gate, an important cultural property is in front of the hotel.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Tokyo tower in the Minato ward, Tokyo, Japan. at 332.5m Is the tallest self-supporting structure in the world.
It is modeled after the Eiffel tower and 8.5 m taller, the tower coloring is to comply with air safety regulations.
Built in 1958 to provide broadcasting for the Kanto area, the tower has become a symbol of Tokyo and is visible from almost any part of Tokyo.
There is a 4 story building at the base of the tower, called foot town, with restaurants and souvenir shops.
A new taller tower is currently planned for the area to open in 2011.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The Haneda airport, official name “Tokyo international airport”, in Tokyo Ota ward, is one of the two major airports that service the Gran Tokyo Area.
The airport opened in 1931 as an international airport and the biggest in Japan. Amidst the high economic growth period of the ‘60s the port reached its limit, creating great congestion. Due to cost and technical issues, the construction of a new airport was selected over expanding it.
In 1978 the Narita Airport opened for International flights, and Haneda handled mostly only domestic flights.
In 2008 the airport with 66,754,829 passengers was the 4th busiest in the world after Atlanta, Chicago and London (currently 5th after Beijing), currently with 2 terminals and 3 runways it handles most of the domestics flights and international flights from Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
A fourth Runway is under construction and is projected to become operational in early 2010, with this expansion the airport plans to double its international flights, with new slots for European and other international destinations, additionally with operations when narita is closed between 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the area, the airports will provide an integrated 24-hours service.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Kappabashi dougu street in Tokyo, Taito ward, also known as kitchen town, is a street between Ueno and Asakusa, populated with stores dedicated to kitchen and restaurant goods. The Street entrance is marked by a giant chef on the crossing with Asakusa street at the south, and Kototoi street at the north.
The street symbol is the mythological Kappa or river-boy. There is a “Pocket-park”, with a statue of “Kawatarou”, or Kappa.
Merchants staring to gather in the area around 1912,,and now in over 800 meters over 170 shops is Japan and perhaps the world largest kitchen goods shopping street.
There is a wide variety of stores of: paper lanterns, ceramic, china, pottery, Japanese knives, and restaurant furniture.
The sample plastic food stores, that sell the famous display-food that sits outside a large number of Japanese restaurants are one of the highlight of the visit to this street.
A good Japanese Pottery store, Denkama, is located in the corner of the South entrance.