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Old January 26th, 2012, 03:36 AM   #3261
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The station building is supposed to resemble Ryūgū-jō.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #3262
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Making our way to the Shōnan Monorail…

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I’m a stickler for proper Romanization, so I’m glad they use the macrons on the long vowels. Still don’t like that hyphen in the middle, though.

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The Shōnan Monorail is a suspended monorail like the Chiba Monorail… Most of the other monorails in Japan are straddle-type, though.

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Shōnan Enoshima Station
Like the Enoden, the monorail is single-track, with passing tracks at several stations.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #3263
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The line celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #3264
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This part of Kamakura is especially hilly, but still quite dense. This area also lacks any wide roads, limiting the potential for transit alignments. In fact, the existing rail lines (JR and Enoden) all avoided this area, preferring the flatter parts of the city. However, the monorail made the perfect choice to cut straight through and provide a direct connection between Ōfuna, Kamakura’s largest station, and Enoshima.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #3265
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Approaching Ōfuna, we can see the pedestrian bridges on the east side of the station…

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #3266
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Larger suburban stations will frequently have some form of elevated pedestrian network, often sitting above a station plaza that serves other connecting modes like taxis, transit, etc. The situation at Ōfuna is a bit different, though, as there’s no large station plaza… The pedestrian bridges are really just to provide additional connectivity across the road adjacent to the station.

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Not that the adjacent road is very wide…

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But the existing crosswalks can get a bit crowded, so the elevated connection isn’t a bad thing at all.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #3267
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Waiting for our Tōkaidō Line train to central Tōkyō…

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Another through-servicing Shōnan-Shinjuku Line train, bound for Odawara. This one is a special rapid, the fastest of the three stopping patterns on the line. The Shōnan-Shinjuku Line through-services across four distinct lines grouped into two different services: Takasaki Line ↔ Tōkaidō Line and Utsunomiya Line ↔ Yokosuka Line. Only the Takasaki Line ↔ Tōkaidō Line service has special rapids.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #3268
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Racing a Yamanote Line train in central Tōkyō…

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #3269
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On a Ginza Line train to Asakusa…
Never been a big fan of these lightboards, although I suppose they are a low-tech solution and effective at what they do. Thankfully, Tōkyō Metro has been going with all-LCDs in new trains.

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Even small spaces like these get ad treatment…
This is for an employment agency.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:54 PM   #3270
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Metopon
They should use him more often on promotional materials… He’s cute.

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Some shots in the big passage at Shibuya Station between the JR station and Mark City… This is also the passage to get to the Keiō Inokashira Line platforms.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:54 PM   #3271
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More Ōedo Line platform door installations… This is Akabanebashi Station.

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Next day I left for Kansai, so one final shot from Tōkyō (for now, at least) of a Tōjō Line train sitting at Ikebukuro Station. The 50000 series is one of my favorites, and manages to make a no-paint exterior look pretty sharp.

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Old January 28th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #3272
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Keihan CMs

Here’s a roll of recent Keihan CMs that I’ve been neglecting to post…

Some old Keihan ones from 2010:
「世界の宇治」篇 “World-Renowned Uji”
「いろんな京都」篇 “Many Faces of Kyōto”
+ Hirakata Park CM



Some newer Keihan ones from 2011:
「沿線の街」篇 “Trackside Neighborhoods”
「京都の街」篇 “Kyōto’s Neighborhoods”



Couple more from Keihan:

「特急」篇(電車ではじまるいい一日)“Limited Express (A Day Beginning with Trains)”



「普通」篇(電車ではじまるいい一日)“Local (A Day Beginning with Trains)”



A Hitachi promo featuring Hitachi-manufactured Hankyū trains. This promo aired in last year’s “Hankyū Densha” film.

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Old January 28th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #3273
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TOKYO WONDERGROUND CMs and posters

Tōkyō wo Hashirō (“Let’s Run Around Tōkyō”) (15s)
This is the latest TOKYO WONDERGROUND CM with An, promoting the Tōkyō Marathon on 2012.02.26 and the new Ginza Line 1000 series trains, which will debut this spring. The 30s version and CM making video are on the TOKYO WONDERGROUND homepage.



Tōkyō Metro smartphone app (2 × 15s)
This is another one with An running alongside the TOKYO WONDERGROUND CMs.



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2011.11
These were released in parallel with the smartphone app CM:





2011.12





2012.01





2012.02



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Old January 28th, 2012, 10:46 PM   #3274
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Keiō Electric Railway CM and posters

The latest in the Ki no Sato Takao-san e (“To the Forest Village, Mt. Takao”) series with actress Ueno Juri. This is for the autumn leaves season and aired 2011.10.29 to 2011.11.05.



2011.06 (left) and 2011.07 (right)



2011.08-09 (left) and 2011.10-11 (right)



2011.12-2012.01

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Old January 30th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #3275
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I absolutely adore how quiant the whole of Enoshima looks, you rarely see places like that in Japan! Although, I must say, the semi-unused line that runs most of the way up to Kourankei gorge from Toyota has its moments...
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First Keihan video crashes ATi driver.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #3277
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Works fine for me... Must be your computer setup.

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I absolutely adore how quiant the whole of Enoshima looks, you rarely see places like that in Japan!
Hm, others can chime in, but I don't think it's that rare, really... The "small town" feel of Kamakura can be found all over Japan, although most of these places probably won't have something similar to the Enoden, which has probably benefitted from Enoshima tourism and being so close to the rest of Tōkyō.

In Tōkyō, for example, you could probably go to southern / eastern Chiba to get something analogous to Kamakura, minus the Enoden and the historical sites. Kawagoe (川越), Ōme (青梅), and Narita also have a fair bit of quaintness about them, and there's some really interesting mountain villages / cities up in Gunma and Tochigi, like Chichibu (秩父), Kiryū (桐生), and Nikkō.
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Works fine for me... Must be your computer setup.



Hm, others can chime in, but I don't think it's that rare, really... The "small town" feel of Kamakura can be found all over Japan, although most of these places probably won't have something similar to the Enoden, which has probably benefitted from Enoshima tourism and being so close to the rest of Tōkyō.

In Tōkyō, for example, you could probably go to southern / eastern Chiba to get something analogous to Kamakura, minus the Enoden and the historical sites. Kawagoe (川越), Ōme (青梅), and Narita also have a fair bit of quaintness about them, and there's some really interesting mountain villages / cities up in Gunma and Tochigi, like Chichibu (秩父), Kiryū (桐生), and Nikkō.
True, but there's a certain feel to Enoshima that many other cities dont' seem to have, a sort of golden, glowing hazy summer's afternoon feeling, I should probably have been more concise to be fair. And I intend on visiting Nikko some time soon too!
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Old January 31st, 2012, 05:38 PM   #3279
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You should try visiting Inuyama in Aichi just north of Nagoya on the border with Gifu. Lots of festivals and such-- and enough of a "small town" feel while still 25 minutes from Nagoya Station on the Meitetsu Inuyama line. There's lots of towns like what you're talking about in the Chūkyō and Kansai areas... lived most of my adult life out that way
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Next, a short tour of the new JR Ōsaka Station (Ōsaka Station City):

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The complex includes a department store (operated under the “Isetan” and “Mitsukoshi” brands), Lucua (a mall), a cinema complex, an office tower, and a hotel.

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Ōsaka Municipal Bus

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One of the bus terminals at the station, on the north side. This was part of the renovation, and includes some nice features like LCD departure boards and “platform” doors. Most of the buses that use this are highway express buses to other parts of JR West’s service area like Hyōgo and Okayama, as well as destinations in Shikoku like Kōchi, Tokushima, and Ehime. However, I believe a few local Hankyū Bus routes also use this terminal.

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