eki-melo

2016-02-28 – Sunday – 21:29:02
eki-melo

With night falling, some exploration in Tōkyō Station 東京駅, with the murmur of moving bodies and the bright chimes of train departures.

When a train is about to pull away its platform plays a song, often unique to the line and direction. They cut through the background noise or spill in, indistinctly, from far away. These cheery tunes are known as eki-melo 駅メロディ (station melodies) or hassha-melo 発車メロディ (departure melodies) and soon become familiar, to the point of expectation, like the next track in a playlist.

not to be confused

2016-02-24 – Wednesday – 22:49:16
not to be confused

After completing the circuit and parting ways with the main group, another tourist and I headed back through Marunouchi 丸の内 with one of the guides we'd earlier struck up conversation with. We chatted some more before eventually saying our goodbyes and disappearing into the cross-flow of people in the station.

glimpses

2016-02-18 – Thursday – 12:58:33
glimpses

Through the park and up to the castle ruins, from which the sweeping octagonal roof of the Nippon Budōkan 日本武道館 is visible. All the while, delightful conversation with a local dressed in petal-flecked turquoise kimono 着物, selected for the season. Strolling to the lower gardens, she spoke of the Japanese way: appreciating the ephemeral and embracing the cycles of nature.

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