Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Shinjuku Skyscraper District at Night 新宿高層ビル群

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for hundreds of years, has been an important district, strategically located 
on the main walking road to Osaka, Koshukaido(甲州街道), as well as more recently, 
as a main station of the famous Yamanote train(山手線)loop which envelops Tokyo. 

The train station of Shinjuku has been described as the busiest train station in the world, 
with some millions of commuters passing through its turnstiles every day.
The Shinjuku Skyscraper District was Tokyo's first major skyscraper development area,
starting in the 1970s with Keio Plaza Inter-Continental Tokyo 's Keio Plaza North Building 
and culminating with Kenzo Tange's Tokyo City Hall, Tower I , the tallest building 
in Japan at the time.

Progress continues. Nishishinjuku (West Shinjuku) heading away from the city center 
is the site of the coming Nishi Shinjuku 3-Chome Redevelopment with 
plans for what will be 3 of the 4 tallest buildings in Japan.

I had a chance to stroll this area around midnight, possibly on the weekend.
This was the very first time I was in the state of zen by walking around Shinjuku.
During the day, this area is nothing but the chaos with the noise and over population.
This is one of the things that I love, witnessing the opposite side of  the city.
I sure will go back again, real soon.


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