It was a very pleasant Sunday here in the Tokyo area: clear skies and 55 °F/ 13 °C.
I made my ‘obligatory’ stops at Yodobashi Camera (by Akihabara Station), and the Tokyo Hands department store (by Shinjuku Station).
Here is the 2019 edition of the Godzilla monster (ゴジラ Gojira). Godzilla has been around a long time: the monster first appeared in the 1954 Japanese kaiju film (monster movie, kaiju really translates to ‘strange creature’, though) directed by Ishirō Honda.
I’m done shopping, and in the long check-out line at the 6th floor of Yodobashi Camera/ department store. Fun as it is, at some point ones’s senses can no longer take the overload of sights and sounds and throngs of people milling around, and then you know: time to get out, RIGHT NOW!
Here is a poster from the Shosen Book Tower, a play on the 1969 Beatles album cover for Abbey Road. The buff muscle guy on the left is Kinnikuman (Japanese: キン肉マン, ‘Muscle Man’). This is a manga series created by the duo Yoshinori Nakai and Takashi Shimada, known as Yudetamago. I believe they are the two in the middle of the picture. The manga series follows Suguru Kinniku, a superhero who must win a wrestling tournament to retain the title of prince of Planet Kinniku.
This is right by Shinjuku station, a view of The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building: the 4th tallest skyscraper the city at 240 m (787 ft). It is built in the ‘art nouveau’ architectural style, completed in 2000.
By 5.30 pm the sun was long gone, and here is the NTT Docomo tower lit up and from a slightly different angle.
One of a series of Star Wars posters in the Maruzen bookstore in the Marunouchi Oazo building. The quote is by wise and powerful Jedi master Yoda, from the Star Wars movie Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. (Luke Skywalker, still becoming a Jedi, told him ‘I’ll give it a try’.)
And here is a Christmas tree in the Star Wars style, from the lobby of the Marunouchi Oazo building near Tokyo station.
Here is the beautiful old Tokyo Station Building, seen from the Marunouchi side that displays the original 1914 brickwork, that had been renovated from 2008 to 2012. (The other side is the Yaesu side, where the Tokyo Station Expressway Bus Terminal is located).
One of two beautiful restored domes inside the old Tokyo Station Building. I captured the dome’s detail by holding my phone flat towards it, and then panned down to the floor in panorama mode.