Photographer's Note

The Sumida-gawa (Sumida River) runs right through the heart of Tokyo. You can get a non-stop Waterbus from Asakusa right down river to Odaiba in Tokyo Bay.

This photo is taken from the back of a Waterbus as it made its way into Tokyo Bay. The Sumida River becomes much wider as the mouth of the river merges with the sea.

You can find out all about the Waterbuses in Tokyo here:
There are route maps, times, and prices, aswell as information about the different kinds of boats, all on that site.

At this point I was travelling on a "Ryoma". The boat went to Hinode Pier and I changed onto a "Super City" Waterbus to get me to Odaiba.

You can see there are other boats in the river, including a rather large boat on the right which seems to have a RADAR fitted to it. Odd.

The Sumida-gawa's banks are made almost completely out of buildings. Whatever once existed as a natural river bank, now only the city remains. The river has always been in Tokyo, and will always be in Tokyo. It is a never-ending reminder that nature is everywhere - even in the heart of futuristic super-modern Toko and its skyscrapers.

I adjusted contrast on the image to create more depth and shadow, and it also brought out the colours nicely. The original image is a little hazy due to a fine mist from the water being thrown up by the boat's engines, I think.

The buildings are reflected very clearly in the river water, but it is not a perfect reflection. The buildings are distorted... perhaps as a sign that they should not really be there? ;)

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