Riding a Waterbus down the Sumida-gawa gives you a unique perspective of Tokyo. It is not just a novel way of travelling - more relaxing than the train - but also a fantastic way to tour the city.
It gave me a chance to slow down and relax, and take my time to watch the city flow by. I got a real sense of the vastness of the city, as all I could see were buildings, train tracks, and bridges.
Tokyo is a real Metropolis. Even the rivers are used by the people of the city for travel despite the trains and subway, and not one inch of real-estate is wasted at the river's edge.
This is the most open space in Tokyo that you will see. Unlike the Imperial Palace Plaza, Ueno Koen or Yoyogi Koen, the Sumida-gawa does not become crowded by people. Nobody can stand on the water, obviosly.
Only boats, ships, and the Waterbuses can traverse the Sumida-gawa and Tokyo Bay.
They are the two most peaceful places in Tokyo, I think.
I would persuade anyone who visits Tokyo to ride the Waterbuses down the river and to Odaiba.
This is simply Tokyo, as you can see that every available space is taken up. No area of Tokyo is wasted. The city is growing and growing every day, growing inwards and upwards toward the sky - old buildings are knocked down and new developments built, or even new building work down on top of old buildings to add extra storeys (I witnessed this myself outside Marunouchi Station... I will have to post the photo I took of the incredible building work on TE at some point in the future) - aswell as outward to engulf more of the surrounding Kanto Plain.
Technical: Adjusted levels and contrast, straightened the image, made it black and white, and sharpened.
Resized for posting to TE.
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stiginthedump (1823) 2006-07-12 3:59
This is a pleasing photograph Richard. I must say, I've seen a lot of shots of the Tokyo skyline, but this one is a little different. It's a good black and white conversion with some nice contrast between the buildings. I noticed that you straightened the image, but the building on the left is still tilted a little too much. Also I'm wondering if maybe there is a bit too much water in the image. If there were some other boats in the background that might have been better.
I'm gonna do a workshop and alter a few things if you don't mind!
startacked (1371) 2006-07-12 4:11
There is nothing in the picture that tells me that it was taken in Tokyo and that is pretty amazing. The distortion of the building falling in is a bit distracting. DO you mind uploading the color version? Gilbert
censport (12) 2006-07-12 22:42
Okay Richard, you've convinced me: I'm taking a waterbus when I travel to Japan next year!
Other than the building on the left, I think it's a great shot. I'd be interested in seeing the color version too.
- Copyright: Richard Eccleston (Klapaucius) (627)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-02-13
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 775
- Exposure: f/7.9
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Tokyo 2006
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-11 12:32