It is the time of the year when everyone and everywhere in Japan does their best to lighten up the winter darkness, and this means lots and lots of light up events around the country. I took these photos last year of the decorations at Marunouchi’s Nakadori district, the Wall Street of Japan. This year will probably be similar, so if you want to brighten up your winter, please head over to Marunouchi and have a look!
The Winter is coming but still the autumn lingers for a little while longer. I took these photos last year from a very misty Imperial Palace outer grounds, with the ground strewn with fallen red leaves and the mist covering most of the pine trees near the grand office buildings of Marunouchi. I hope you have the chance to go out and see the majestic autumn colors around Tokyo this weekend – despite the forecasted rainy weather!
The autumn if firmly here and it has been a wet and cold one so far. Unusually so. Still, there is a lot of charm to the Japanese autumn, not least of which are the lovely autumn fogs we sometimes get settling over this city literally built on water. I took these photos on one foggy afternoon last autumn, in between the Imperial Palace and Marunouchi, Tokyo’s financial and business district above others.
A few months ago I posted a series on the lovely Meiji Seimeikan building in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district, in fact, one of the most central buildings in Tokyo as it faces the imperial palace. You can see my previous posts on the subject by clicking on this tag. The interiors of this old building is really quite magnificent and I am still amazed that they open it to the public free of charge on most weekends. The fifth image is perhaps the most interesting, as it shows the old doctor’s office of the building, where staff and visitors would be able to receive simple medical help and examinations. Unfortunately the doctor’s equipment is long gone but if you are into that I recommend you visit to the old Clinic in Kamakura.
The first floor of the Meiji Seimeikan is still a working insurance office and the basement has several restaurants and eateries if you are hungry and not too budget minded.