Skyscrapers in Shinjuku

The first 2 photos are the Shinjuku Mitsui Building.

The last 3 photos were taken at different times and all of the buildings are part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Tokyo City Hall).  The buildings are most often referred to as “Tochō” or “Tax Tower”.

The first building is called “Main Building No. 1”.  According to Wikipedia, Architect Kenzo Tange designed the building to look like a computer chip.  This is the 2nd tallest building in Tokyo (and 7th tallest in Japan) with 48 floors.


Afternoon Sun in Shinjuku Gyoen

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Shinjuku Gyoen – Part 2

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was completed in 1906 and originally served as the residence of Lord Naito – during the Edo era. After World War II, the garden was redesigned and opened to the public. (An excellent decision!)

A traditional Japanese garden, a formal French garden, and an English landscape garden cover the 144 acres of Shinjuku Gyoen. Even though the park is located in the middle of Tokyo, it is a perfect escape from the city. I don’t think I will ever get tired of taking pictures here!

The reminder that you are still in the city…

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is a beautiful park located in the middle of Tokyo. I have so many photos to share, but here are 2 of my favorites for now.

There is so much going on in this first one…but I love how the trees provide a natural frame to the photo.

I will share the color version of these in the next few days…so you can see that it is possible to find some greenery in the middle of the city!


In order to give you a good idea of what life is like in Tokyo, we wanted share an advertisement we saw at the Shinjuku train station…


In case you’re having trouble getting an idea of the procedure, here is a closer view…


We have no idea what this procedure is for, but it makes us cringe every time we look at it!

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City Pics

A random photo of the Shinjuku area of Tokyo…

This is just one of the views from the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

A Busy Weekend

We made our way to IKEA this weekend to pick up some basic furniture for our house. In order to make a successful trip to IKEA, you must have patience. Patience with the thousands of people at the store. Patience waiting in lines. Patience communicating with people that may or may not speak English. Patience “reading” through the IKEA catalog that is written in Japanese. Patience to get your things delivered. We took our time and just tried to enjoy the adventure as much as possible! Everything is supposed to be delivered on Thursday and we’re looking forward to settling into the house a little more.

Shawn also showed me how to get to Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku. Tokyu Hands is an 8-story building filled with an endless mix of diverse merchandise. Imagine – bikes, harware, camping gear, furniture, stationery, kitchen supplies, bath linens, home decor, leather & wood products, travel accessories, and so on all under one roof. There is nothing is the U.S. to compare this store to. You can buy just about everything except for clothes and major electronic equipment at Tokyu Hands.

On our way to Tokyu Hands, we walked past Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. This store has been open since mid-December 2006 and the line continues to be huge. If you look closely on the right side of the photo, you’ll see a person in a gray shirt standing in line. The line actually re-starts with that person and continues back over a bridge!


I wonder how long the popularity will continue? I will definitely not be waiting in that line – no matter if it is long or short!

We hope everyone had a nice weekend.

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