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East Ikebukuro Views

July 8th, 2007

I’ll probably be doing this from time to time–giving you a look at what’s happening out my window, now that a lot more is out there to happen. What drew me out there this morning was a bit of noise. Now, there is noise–nowhere is free from it–but even when Sachi has the balcony doors open to air out the place, the noise from the street is pretty muted. In Inagi, it was so loud that I had to play loud music or TV in order to half-drown out the repetitive dullness and obnoxiousness of it. Here. it’s more like a faint sound that less annoys you than makes you wonder what’s making it.

Today, it was shouts from men that had me wondering what was going on. At first I thought it was from a construction crew downstairs, but then I discovered the real reason: we live a few block away from a major fire station, and they were conducting drills of some sort.

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Actually, I am kind of surprised that we don’t hear sirens a lot more. There’s a fire station next door to where I work, and we get quite a bit of noise from that. Here, we’ve heard them a few times, but nothing to annoy or frustrate. Instead, we simply benefit from having such a public service so close (next-door to which is a major post office, open 7 days a week, 9 am to 9pm on weekdays, 9 to 7 on weekends). A lot of stuff like that is nearby now–the Ward office is halfway from here to the station, for example.

Next up is a potential convenience:

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No, not the driving school. You might not see what I’m looking at here, but I include this wide shot with the balcony edge at right of frame to show the closeness. Here is a zoom-in of the previous image:

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Yep, that’s the puppy. I pointed out before how the Narita Express train service goes directly to our station, and I may have mentioned the bus–but the bus service direct from Narita Airport stops just 150 meters from our front door. Hard to get better than that.

Lastly, I thought it would be kind of neat to show neighborhood shots from a height. Looking from the balcony, it is possible to take photos and have nothing but neighborhoods in the frame. For those of you who enjoy this kind of thing, 1200 x 900 blowups of each of the following photos is available with a click:

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  1. July 8th, 2007 at 17:55 | #1

    I don’t know how direct the line is from the airport to Ikebukuro is, but to the airport, that’s the last stop you’re seeing there. (I get on the Metropolitan, it’s the stop before that one) So, heading out to the airport, it’s fantastic, depending on traffic it’s about an hour or little less. And if I remember correctly, in the mornings there’s a bus once an hour.

  2. Andy
    July 10th, 2007 at 13:30 | #2

    less than an hour to airport on a bus? thats faster than skyliner.

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