Saturday, August 23, 2008

Shinjuku

I was heading to the Keio Hospital yesterday to pick up my printer and as that is on the line from Shinjuku I decided to explore this area a bit. Well I didn't really make it out of the station environs.
That is not surprising as it is the busiest station in the world with over 3.5 million passengers every day. There are 10 lines that have a stop here so the interconnections are amazing. It is spread over 15 acres of land, with 14 ground level platforms on NE axis connected by two overhead and two underground concourses, while the Toei Shinjuku and Keio New Lines share the same 2 platforms 5 floors below! Thank goodness they have good, make that excellent signage.
I walked to the other side of the tracks via the new South Entrance, and was disconcerted to see an Aussie Flag flying, closer inspection showed it was a over a store for Driza Bone.
The new escalators in the court were full of commuters even at 2pm on a weekday.The Video screen was running an
advertisement about not smoking as you walk around, ash on people, secondary smoke to children; this scene showed a mother and two preschoolers looking aghast at a smoker coming towards them, the mother keeping the children close, the end of the ad is the smoker moving to a smoking area. These are set up all around common meeting spots and at entrances to stations and other venues. I have not encountered many people smoking as I walk around, and the subways are all non smoking. Long distance trains have no-smoking carriages, but often these are booked out: maybe they need to reduce the smoking ones more!

1 comment:

"See Me"... said...

Hi Mich,
Good to hear that perhaps Japan is finally catching up with others in the reduction of smoking in public places.
Love
Celia