Just before sunset, by the Nakagawa

Sunset was at 4:52 pm today. Early! Just before, by the river, I took some photos of the leaves changing color, and caught the sun between two buildings.

Note there is no “green dot lens flare” in the sunset river photo. I found a great app to retouch things like that. It removes all sorts of problems from photos. It can even remove hanging wires! Also, if you click the photos you can see them full size.


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Tokyo Station

I had a meeting with somebody outside of Tokyo Station today. It was the first time I’ve been outside the Marunouchi exit of Tokyo station in a very long time. It’s quite impressive.

We met at a coffee shop at the Shin Marunouchi building. I didn’t bother taking a picture of that. It’s a pretty boring building.

But Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi entrance is a real landmark. It was built in 1914 and has quite and interesting history. You can read more about it here.


A panorama view

A panorama view


10 seconds along the Nakagawa at 5:30 pm

I’m still not feeling well, and don’t have my strength back, but I decided I really need to move my body! I can’t let myself get weak by not moving. So when it got a bit cooler I took a bottle of water and forced myself to cycle over to the Nakagawa, just a kilometer away. I didn’t do a full course along the river. Instead I parked my bike by one of the decks and went down by the river and sat for a while. Here’s a 10 second, very quiet video of the river going slowly past. It was peaceful. I stayed until the Katsushika Ward office speakers came on with music telling kids it was time to go home.





Niaja in Asakusa and Akihabara

My friend Niaja got her doctorate from MIT! And just as exciting, she arrived in Tokyo a couple of days ago and will be here for 8 months working at IBM Japan!

Today we met at Asakusa, looked around, and then also went over to Akihabara.

We were lucky that the weather held. It was a great afternoon. Here are a few photos.

In front of the Sensoji in Asakusa

In front of the Kaminari-mon entrance to the Sensoji in Asakusa


In front of the Kaminari-mon

Past the shops now and about to go into the inner area


I got "the best fortune" and Niaja got "a good fortune."

I got “the best fortune” and Niaja got “a good fortune.”


Sky Tree in the backgrount

Sky Tree in the background


Rinsing hands before going into the temple

Rinsing hands before going into the temple

Udon on the 8th floor of Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara

Udon on the 8th floor of Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara



Checking out tablets

Checking out gadgets


In front of Akihabara Station

In front of Akihabara Station


Checking out bargains

Bargain hunting