The Squeeze: Come 17:00pm in Shibuya & Shinjuku it’s time for the trip home on the Metro. It really is something to behold when one sees how a multitude of people “hell bent” on getting into an available underground carriage in order to make that trip home, “make like sardines in a tin”. In Shinjuku, they even have official “people pushers” employed by the underground, to assist in the process of squeezing as many people as possible on the train.

Travelling down to Shibuya to see the famous crossing that provides access for five different Zebra crossings, all at a road junction near Shibuya 109. Managed to get an elevated spot in Starbucks from which I got a couple of photos.

Toko is the pre-eminent toilet bowl producer in Japan. I think I alluded to the fact in an earlier post that I just love their “heated seat” technology toilets. In furtherance to this
I engaged in the process of finding where they were made. As it turned out, the showrooms where sited near Shibuya Station. So a very entertaining afternoon was spent perusing both kitchen arrangements (they now do kitchens) and toilet bowls and cyclonic flush technology. nb. perhaps an opening for James Dyson of carpet cleaning fame. You may find this hard to believe but the technology I am told, is moving on. There are toilets now in the pipe line (so to speak) that analyse faecal matter to enable diagnosis of impending maladies.
Some of the architectural highlights like the Gakuen Cocoon Tower, which houses a fashion outlet Mode Gakuen. A Digital concept company HAL IT, and Shuto Iko medical treatments & care. It designed by Tange Associates and completed in 2008.

Nishi-Shinjuku has a number of high rise, noteworthy buildings.

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