Walking and the pedestrian environment
Tokyo
December 30, 2008
Photos of the Man's scooping scriptures.
August 4, 2008
Photos taken along Zenpukuji River in Tokyo.
December 18, 2007
Worship, the street, and kids....
Almost a year back, I featured a few pedestrian-oriented signs in Tokyo.  Here are some more....
October 15, 2007
A wide selection of vending machines can be found up and down Mount Takao, west of Tokyo....
October 13, 2007
There are maps all over Tokyo, of all different types.
September 22, 2007
Various maps, serving widely different purposes, of neighborhoods in Tokyo....
September 20, 2007
As promised in yesterday's set of beverage vending machines, here's another unique selection....
A sampling of drink dispensers in Tokyo....
August 1, 2007
Signs exempting bicyclists from car laws....
Signs urging bicyclists to be safe and be polite....
July 10, 2007
There are some jobs that no one wants to do.  Like anything involving dog doo.  Here are some signs encouraging you to do your part....
April 11, 2007
Clock spotting and walking in Tokyo Disney Sea! 東京ディズニーシーの時計巡り...
February 12, 2007
The vibrant, fresh south side of Koenji....
February 2, 2007
Top five shopping districts in Japan, based on number of times showcased on TV....
January 31, 2007
A small assortment of signs directed at walkers....
Signs of a pedestrian fatality....
January 27, 2007
Yanaka Street Shopping District, fading away between JR Koenji and Nakano stations....
January 2, 2007
Profile of "Look", the shopping street running north from Shin-Koenji Station....
December 16, 2006
I keep meaning to stop taking pictures of signs related to dogs, their poo, and the myriad ways of asking people to take care of it. Just can't break the habit!...
Feeding my addiction and making sure to clean up afterwards... another load of poo signs!...
November 24, 2006
Translation of the foreword and afterword to Tamori's 2004 book "An Introduction to the Aesthetics of Tokyo Street Rises" (タモリのTOKYO坂道美学入門)....
November 20, 2006
An annotated bibliography of books and sites related to the street rises of Tokyo's Akasaka neighborhood....
November 18, 2006
A new generation of hills in the Akasaka neighborhood await christening....
November 5, 2006
Just a random assortment of train pictures, with no overbearing message....
Exploring the myth of accessibility on Tokyo's streets....
Density can lead to surprising combinations of uses in buildings....
October 21, 2006
Name: 乃木坂 のぎざか Nogi-zaka, Nogi Rise Location: 赤坂8丁目11番、9丁目6番の間 Between Akasaka 8-11 and 9-6...
Name: 新坂 しんざか Shin-zaka, New Rise Location: 赤坂7丁目4番、8丁目6番の間 Between Akasaka 7-4 and 8-6...
Name: 三谷坂 さんやざか San'ya-zaka, Three Valley Rise Location: 六本木1-2と赤坂1-14の間を南東に上る? 坂上正面にホテルオークラ? Between Roppongi 1-2 and Akasaka 1-14, up to the southeast? Hotel Okura is at the top of the hill?...
Name: 鼓坂 つづみざか Tsutzumi-zaka, Festival Drum Rise Location: 赤坂1-11から麗南坂教会前へ向けて南東に上る? From Akasaka 1-11, rising to the southeast to Reinanzaka Church?...
October 20, 2006
Name: 福吉坂 ふくよしざか Fukuyoshi-zaka, Fukuyoshi Rise Location: 赤坂2丁目17番地と18番地、19番地や20番地の間。 Between Akasaka 2-17 and 2-18, 19, and 20....
October 15, 2006
Name: 檜坂 ひのきざか Hinoki-zaka, Hinoki Cypress Rise Location: 赤坂6丁目19番、9丁目7番の間 Between Akasaka 6-19 and 9-7...
Name: 新榎坂 しんえのきざか Shin'enoki-zaka, New Hackberry Rise Location: 赤坂1丁目7番、11番の間  Between Akasaka 1-7 and 1-11...
October 14, 2006
Name: 鮫ヶ橋坂 さめがはしざか Samegahashi-zaka, Shark Bridge Rise Location: 元赤坂2丁目1番、千代田区の間 Between Moto Akasaka 2-1 and the border with Chiyoda Ward...
Name: 安鎮坂 あんちんざか Anchin-zaka, Anchin Rise Location: 元赤坂2丁目1番、2丁目2番の間 Between Moto Akasaka 2-1 and 2-2...
Name: 南部坂 なんぶざか Nambu-zaka, Southern Rise Location: 赤坂2丁目22番、六本木2丁目1番の間 Between Akasaka 2-22 and Roppongi 2-1...
Name: 転坂 ころびざか Korobi-zaka, Stumble Rise Location: 赤坂6丁目5番、6丁目9番の間 Between Akasaka 6-5 and 6-9...
October 7, 2006
Name: 弾正坂 だんじょうざか Danjyou-zaka, Sheriff Rise Location: 赤坂4丁目9番、4丁目18番の間 Between Akasaka 4-9 and 4-18...
Name: 榎坂 えのきざか Enoki-zaka, Hackberry Rise Location: 赤坂1丁目9番、10番の間 Between Akasaka 1-9 and 1-10...
October 6, 2006
Name: 霊南坂 れいなんざか Reinan-zaka, South Spirit Rise Location: 赤坂1丁目10番、虎の門2丁目10番の間 Between Akasaka 1-10 and Toranomon 2-10...
Name: 稲荷坂 いなりざか Inari-zaka, Inari Rise Location: 赤坂7丁目、5番、7丁目6番の間 Between Akasaka 7-5 and 7-6...
October 1, 2006
Name: 猫坂 ねこざか Neko-zaka, Cat Rise Location: 赤坂5丁目5番7号、5丁目5番26号の間 Between Akasaka 5-5-7 and 5-5-26...
Name: 桜坂 さくらざか Sakura-zaka, Cherry Rise Location: 赤坂1丁目11番、1丁目12番の間  Between Akasaka 1-11 and 1-12...
September 30, 2006
Name: 氷川坂 ひかわざか Hikawa-zaka, Hikawa Rise Location: 赤坂6丁目8番、6丁目10番の間 Between Akasaka 6-8 and 6-10...
Name: 牛鳴坂 うしなきざか Ushinaki-zaka, Cow Cry Rise Location: 赤坂4丁目1番、4丁目8番の間 Between Akasaka 4-1 and 4-8...
Name: 丹後坂 たんござか Tango-zaka, Tango Rise Location: 赤坂4丁目2番、4丁目5番の間 Between Akasaka 4-2 and 4-5...
Name: 円通寺坂 えんつうじざか Entsuuji-zaka, Entsuu Temple Rise Location: 赤坂4丁目13番、5丁目2番の間 Between Akasaka 4-13 and 5-2...
September 29, 2006
Name: 九郎九坂 くろぐざか Kurogu-zaka, Kurogu Rise Location: 元赤坂1丁目3番、1丁目4番の間 Between Moto-Akasaka 1-3 and 1-4...
Name: 紀伊国坂 きのくにざか Kinokunizaka, Kii Country Rise Location: 元赤坂 2-1、千代田区との境 Moto-Akasaka 2-1, on the border with Chiyoda Ward...
September 26, 2006
Name: 本氷川坂 もとひかわざか Moto Hikawa-zaka, Old Hikawa Rise Location: 赤坂6丁目10番、6丁目19番の間 Between Akasaka 6-10 and 6-19...
September 24, 2006
Looking for remnants of Tokyo's Eastcastle Line....
September 21, 2006
Name: 三分坂 さんぷんざか Sanpunzaka, Three Bit Rise Location: 赤坂5丁目5番、7丁目6番の間  Between Akasaka 5-5 and Akasaka 7-6...
Name: 薬研坂 やげんざか Yagenzaka, Drug Mortar Rise Location: 赤坂4丁目17番、7丁目1番の間 Between Akasaka 4-17 and 7-1...
August 22, 2006
Scouting some soon-to-be-new buildings in Tokyo....
August 14, 2006
Here it comes, get ready to scoop up that poo!...
August 5, 2006
A few big buildings on nice days....
Urban Tokyo advisories on dog handling....
July 13, 2006
Clock spotting and walking in Tokyo Disneyland! 東京ディズニーランドの時計散歩...
July 1, 2006
The second batch of confrontationally nude statues in Suginami Ward....
June 30, 2006
Reflections on dog signs....
May 26, 2006
A rich blend of hand-picked poo signs....
May 13, 2006
The first batch of disturbingly nude statues in Suginami Ward.
More samples from my collection of fine poo signs....
May 6, 2006
A small sampling of slightly abnormal vending machines in Tokyo....
April 17, 2006
A few more signs pleading for dog cleanliness in Tokyo....
April 16, 2006
Digging into a Keio bus stop....
April 4, 2006
A sampling of kid-related signs....
March 24, 2006
Higashi Koenji to Shinjuku, the mostly-residential route...
March 14, 2006
Higashi Koenji to Shinjuku, the highway route...
March 5, 2006
Neighborhoods versus apartment-dwelling dog owners....
January 1, 2006
Another exploration in Tokyo's west suburbs....
December 14, 2004
Snippets from Chofu, Kichijoji, Shimokitazawa, and Ebisu....
April 18, 2003
Kichijoji, Tsukiji, Shinagawa, and Yokohama's Chinatown...
November 2, 2001
Notes from a return visit to Tokyo...
August 14, 2000
A few transit photos from Japan....
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