Taken on the way to Hachioji this morning.
For several years now the escalators have been shut down for construction at my station – Shinkoiwa on the Sobu line. It was especially a nuisance if you had luggage and needed to haul it up the stairs. I kept on thinking, “What on earth are they doing? Why does it take years to update escalators?”
Then this morning on the way to Hibikinokai for my weekly volunteer classes the north entrance was shuttered! I thought, “Geez. What now?” I had to walk all the way around the station building to the south exit.
Just before, I came back from Hachioji and was stunned! Shinkoiwa Station looks like an entirely new station – all in one day! Like a great magic presentation, I’m sure all this was “hidden behind curtains” somehow, but it truly is amazing.
Everything inside is redone. You would not recognize Shinkoiwa from yesterday to today. And what’s even better is that finally you can walk through from the north side to the south side without going around the entire station!
People were standing outside the station taking photos. It was somehow really exciting.
Here are some photos I took of the new walkway inside pointing in the direction of the north exit, the wickets, and the new front of the north entrance.
I still don’t know how they finished up their magic in one day. Amazing.
Every 10 years, whether it needs it or not, I figured I should clean the floor in my bedroom.
I wanted to set up my new coil mattress! I haven’t had a proper mattress for 35 years now (just using futon) and I think I need better back support, so it was time. I got a new goza for the floor too.
Now I have to wait 24 hours for it to finish filling up with air. It was interesting how it suddenly expanded as soon as I took it out of the inner plastic bag. But the store (Nitori) said I should wait a full 24 hours before sleeping on it.
In the meantime I have to find sheets that fit it. I didn’t see anything good in my local store.