Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Moody Station Picture
Kikuna Station (菊名駅) on the Yokohama Line at dusk. I'm not the world's greatest photographer, but this picture encapsulates something I like about many stations in Japan, i.e. the way they are closely integrated into the surrounding community. Unfortunately, maybe, many urban stations are being rebuilt (often in conjunction with line upgrades) and though they become much more convenient, they end up losing much of their character. The Odakyu line is one example of this, having been transformed over the past 10 - 15 years from what was essentially a trumped up tramline to a multi-line highspeed train expressway. Go a little way off the beaten track though and things fast get back to "normal".