There used to be a railroad station in Shiodome. It was the Old Shimbashi Station. From here, Japan's first railroad line ran to Sakuragicho in Yokohama. Today, however, there is no trace of the station. A monument stands on the site, but the area is now covered with high-rise buildings. Although there is an SL train in front of the current Shimbashi Station, giving the impression that it is the birthplace of the railroad, the first railroad station was actually located in what is now called Shiodome. The current Shimbashi Station was called Karasumori Station until 1914, and was a different station.
I had business in Shiodome that day, so I took the subway to Shiodome. It was still early in the morning, so the underground passageways, where many people walk in the daytime, were deserted. The passageways were dimly lit and the entrances to the high-rise buildings were still closed. Only the directories and escalators were shining brightly in the dimly lit underground passageway. The escalator leading to the ground floor had glowing edges and looked a bit divine. As I gazed at it, I felt as if the escalator was an escape route from the dark underworld to the peaceful ground level. Guided by the light, I headed toward the ground floor.
|Apr 2020 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|DIMNESS ESCALATOR LIGHT SILHOUETTE SIODOME|
April 21, 2020
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