My old postcards days 5 : Sweeping falling leaves in the Ichigaya-hachiman shrine



Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachiman shrine was on the hill beside the outer moat of the Chiyoda castle where the Tokugawa shoguns lived and the Japanese king lives now.  Hachiman is the god of sea,  from 13th century to 17th,  Japanese pirates used the flag of Hachiman god to sail along the Chinese coast.  Before the construction of the Chiyoda castle by the first Shogun, the old Yedo fort was constructed by the famous general Dokan Ota.  He built the Kamegaoka Hachiman shrine in the fort in the 16th century.   The Hachiman god is a god of archery,  so the samurai warriors worshiped this god.  Those days the Yedo gulf water washed the foot of the fort.  The first Shogun Yeyasu used this shrine as a guardian of his castle and he reconstructed it on the hill northern side of the castle.  And now, though  the area of the shrine is not so large as it was in the Edo era, it is still here.

An old woman was sweeping yellow ginko leaves behind the wishing wooden cards board in the front garden.


Running with grandma



Early in the morning, a cat runs after her old lady and gets ahead like a police bike guiding a marathon runner.

(Hinodai, Hachioji city, Tokyo)

My old postcards days 4: A free market at the Shiodome freight yard



This ex-freight train yard was located at the old Tokyo central terminal station, the Shinbashi station where the history of the train transportation began in Japan.  After the construction of the Tokyo station, it turned to the freight train station and was changed the name, the Shiodome station.

In the 1980s,  the station disappeared and the yard was sold.  When I visited there, the rails had already been removed and a free market was held.

Now here lots of skyscrapers stand and I can’t find no trace of the old view.

The golden days of freight train were gone.  Yesterday, I stood at the train watch guard post between the Mejiro station and the Takdanobaba station for the Yamate Kamotsu line ( kamotsu = freight train or car train) which is used now for both the passenger train and freight train.  But I could only one freight train during the day.  I love watching the long freight train coming and going so much.

The view of the yesterday, the long queue



On makes long queue along the bridge on the river.  For what do they want?

I asked to one of passersby who replied they were for the new restaurant.

I asked to one of my coworkers who replied the restaurant is serving meat bowls and that he’s already tasted it very good.

I’ve no desire to taste it.  I don’t like to stand after the so long queue.

(The bridge over the Kanda river, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku ward)

Deco-tora( truck decoration)


Some drivers who own his truck love painting the outer with his own money.

This picture is Kara-Jishi and Botan ( Kara= Chinese, Jishi=lion, and botan =peony).

Kara-jishi-botan is usually used for the tattoo on the back of human body.  So this owner painted it on the back of truck.   He may want to insist his professional macho pride with this picture, but the ordinary drivers feel some sort of terror for the violence.

I think these drivers would drive their trucks without violence and over-speed.  They would be careful not to damage their car and its picture.

(Ishikawacho, Hachioji city, Tokyo)

My old post cards days 2 @Zenpukuji Pond


According to my memo note, it was Ocotber 16, 1988.  I walked up along the Zenpukuji river from Asagaya to Zenpukuji pond.  I used ISO 3200 film with α 9000 with 50 mm lens (the only lens I had then. )  I had no habit to use flash.   It was cloudy and the time was near five o’clock.

I found a cat on a bench.  The slow auto focus system can not hit the cat steadily.  And then a girl appeared to touch him.    After this shot,  I changed the shatter button mode to response to the shatter releasing without delay.

Today I find the views of the same park in the pictures of the blog of my friend who lives near this pond.