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Walking The Suburbs – Shinmaruko

Posted in Places by tokyobling on July 5, 2014

The image of Tokyo that most people have is probably that of tall buildings, concrete and glass, busy subway stations and masses of people. But in reality the vast majority of Tokyo is covered in an even mat of low profile but by foreign standards high density urban development. Get up in any tall Tokyo tower or building and as far as the eye can see you will find nothing but rooftops, stretching out into the far distance.

Most of Tokyo looks like this, the little town of Shinmaruko, even though it is technically located in the neighboring Kanagawa prefecture’s Kawasaki City’s Nakahara Ward. Nakahara Ward is one of the 7 wards of Kawasaki city and it has a population density of 15,640/km2 (40,500/sq mi). The little neighborhoods around Shinmaruko Station is dotted with small business, workshops, clinics, stores and services, often not bigger than western one car garage.

I took these photos a couple of months ago as the sakura trees were still in bloom. Sometimes it is good to get out of the city center and explore the suburbs!

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Animals and Wildlife at Enoshima

Posted in Animals, Places by tokyobling on April 19, 2014

I took these photos while visiting Enoshima, a small island right of the Pacific Ocean coast in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture. Enoshima is superbly photogenic and I had enough photos just relating to animals that I thought I should make a proper post of it. The are tobi, squirrels, cats, dogs and fish! The tobi are the most majestic birds you are likely to see in the wild in Japan and they are everywhere. Normally when going birdwatching you need a really long lens for your camera but these tobi are so close that most average cameras should be able to get decent photos of them! Enjoy!

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Enoshima Sunset

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on February 27, 2014

The last of the sunlight as it washes over Enoshima’s Nishihama beach. Despite the late hour the beach was crowded, no doubt to see the exceptionally visible Mount Fuji. I seem to have knack for finding lost toy dinosaurs. This mecha dinosaur must surely be the offspring of this magnificent beast? There was a young lady doing ballet near the water, and as I walked out onto the breakwater pier a couple of kids came scrambling up from the rocks. A good ending to a perfect day.

This western beach near Enoshima island is even more popular than the eastern beach I blogged about earlier. Not least because it is connected to the grand Enoshima Aquarium, a must see for most people and especially for families.

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Enoshima – Higashihama Sunset

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on February 22, 2014

Some of the best beaches around Tokyo are to be found near Enoshima to the south west of Tokyo. Considering that they are within an hour on the train from the biggest city in the world they are remarkably clean. There are two beaches near the island, the Nishihama and the Higashihama. In the 1964 the beach was used a venue for the yachting and visiting the beach became very popular. These days about a million people a year visit the beach.

I wasn’t the only one enjoying the spectacular sunset by taking a few photos, even one of the surfers had his camera out!

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