A large roundabout is located on the north side of Choshi Station, and a wide road called Symbol Road stretches from there toward the Tone River. This road, which also has an arcade, is a shopping street, but few stores are open for business, and those that are do not seem to be very active. It seemed as if the only stores that were busy were franchise stores that could be seen even without coming to Choshi. Walking through such a shopping street, my impression was that of a local city in decline, albeit a mediocre one.
However, unlike today, Choshi used to be a prosperous city. During the Edo period (1603-1867), the Tone River flowing through Choshi became a distribution route connecting Edo, a major consumption center, with the northern Kanto and Tohoku regions. People and money gather where goods gather, and Choshi prospered as an outer port of Edo, but it is extremely difficult to feel such energy in front of the station today.
Although I had reserved a reservation for the express train back to Tokyo, few passengers boarded the train when it stopped at the platform. In fact, the train was rattling. It was so empty that I was afraid that the limited express trains would be discontinued if the situation continued in this manner.
|Jul 2022 CHIBA VEHICLE|
|CHOSHI PASSENGER SHADOW STATION TRAIN|
July 29, 2022
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS LOXIA 2/35