After wandering around Shinjuku station the other day I decided to do my (several times a year) trip up the Tokyo City Hall to enjoy the view of Tokyo at night: it never ceases to astonish me how huge this city really is! As far as you can see, all the way into Saitama prefecture, it is an unbroken urban landscape. The city hall itself was lit up in a new color scheme that I think has something to do with the Olympics maybe. I will always hold that visiting the City Hall is one of the two tourist things you simply must do in Tokyo. The other being visiting Asakusa. Enjoy!
When you shoot as much as I do frequent trips to the camera service center becomes necessary. I’m lucky to live in a city that has several official Nikon service centers but the one I used the other day was in Shinjuku, on the 28th floor of the L Tower. Excellent service for any mechanical problem you might have with your camera. The center being on the 28th floor also gives you an excellent opportunity to get some photos of Shinjuku from above! I took these through the thick window glass, which is always a little bit difficult. To really cut out the glare you need to have an assistant and a big black cloth, but I made do with myself and my coat to get these. You can spot quite a few tall landmarks, such as the Docomo Tower and the Sky Tree. Enjoy!
I had a few hours to spare last Saturday night on my way home from Yokohama and as I passed Shinjuku I thought I would take the opportunity to visit Tokyo City Hall. I have been there many many times, but what is the point of living in the biggest city on Earth if you don’t take a moment to look at it every now and then? As I approached the city hall I saw that it was lit in a rather festive color. I guess it is supposed to be a Christmas decoration but it looks a little sinister on camera. In real life the colors are much more pink, rest easy.
My favorite corner on the north tower is the one facing north west, so I took a photo and added some descriptions of the three simple landmarks that you can use for orientation should you ever need to. Shinjuku Central Park, Kandagawa River and the triangular Nakano Sun Plaza.
Visiting Tokyo City Hall is a must, not least because of the admission, it is free! Most other viewing platforms in Tokyo are quite pricey, like the Ikebukuro Sunshine City, the Roppongi Tower or Tokyo Tower. Enjoy!
Every now and then I feel I need to get a perspective on things, to put myself in proper relation with the city around me. Tokyo is like no other city on Earth and it is as easy to forget the city as it is to forget about oneself. Last weekend, right before closing time I went up the 60 floors of Tokyo’s Sunshine City Tower, once the tallest building in Japan but now relegated to a sort of sad has-been status. Still, it was my first time up there at night. It is not really meant for either viewing or photography with thick plate windows and deep alcoves making it hard to get a decent shot without glare or reflections. These pictures are of the north side, showing the endless city spreading out beneath us, home to over 13 million people in an area smaller than some Texas ranches. The biggest city in the world, welcome to Tokyo.