A tonbi トビ (black kite) coiling overhead. They're fearless and fearsome, with a reputation for snatching food from people in scary-looking swoops. The food stalls that lined the entry to the shrine grounds were being surveilled closely.
Between newer buildings, a long established liquor store, rebuilt after the Great Kantō Earthquake 関東大地震 of 1923.
A view aside the dankazura 段葛.
A relaxing trip through the city sprawl, next to freight lines and cherry blossoms.
Reaching Kamakura 鎌倉 and leaving the station via the east exit lands you directly on Wakamiya Ōji 若宮大路, the city's main street, and then to the dankazura 段葛, a raised walkway in the middle of the divided road that leads directly to Tsurugaoka Hachimangū 鶴岡八幡宮, the main shrine.
The sakura 桜 were not as full, but part of the enjoyment of hanami 花見 is observing the cycle progress, of appreciating the transience.
After soaking in the night city view and the sound of the wind rushing over the building, a good night's sleep. In the morning, the city refreshed. The location of the previous photo is visible near the bottom, to the right of centre.
The day's destination: the coastal town of Kamakura 鎌倉, about an hour to the south.
Some meandering in Shibuya, then to the hotel. Here, on the way, more bike parking under the stairs of the pedestrian overpass which reaches over Tamagawa Dōri 玉川通り and under the expressway.
When I visited a few months ago, though the quad-shaped pedestrian links remain, the bike parking lot is gone for now, a small casualty in the multi-year redevelopment of the area: new skyscrapers, an underground plaza extension, diversion of the subterranean river and, eventually, significant changes to the station buildings opposite the scramble. No more soccer on the roof, that tower removed entirely, and the platforms spread further apart. I hope the human scale of the streets won't be lost in the shuffle.
Down another street of bars, restaurants, jazz clubs and the occasional Nigerian tout, past Tank Girls タンクガールズ and the electric foyer of the Robot Restaurant ロボットレストラン cabaret, looking like the Good Future of Wacky Workbench III.
Kabukichō 歌舞伎町 is something to see at least once, but perhaps not the best place to hang around for too long. We wandered back to Shinjuku Station 新宿駅, said friendly goodbyes and then glided away on separate lines.