It may be just my personal opinion, but I prefer the downtown area in front of the station to be chaotic. It would be even better if there were small stores that are not franchises of large capital firms but are unique to the area, huddled together. I think so, but the reality is that there are very few towns that actually exist in such a way. The area in front of Musashi-koyama Station that once suited the hustle and bustle of the area has been completely developed, and now towering condominiums rise above the area. Some of the stores that used to be located in the messy area have relocated. Others have returned to the area after the rezoning was completed and are presently open for business with a nonchalant look on their faces. But the atmosphere of hustle and bustle has been lost forever.
In this sense, the Jiyugaoka Station area still has a messy atmosphere. The stores themselves have been cleaned up and renovated, but there are still narrow alleys lined with stores that are so narrow that even cars can't pass through them. It is no wonder that there are many large franchises. However, I hope that this kind of crowded streetscape will remain in the future. It is not much fun to walk in a town that has been redeveloped and turned into a piece of Kintaro candy.
|Dec 2022 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|ALLEYWAY JIYUGAOKA LANTERN SHADOW|
December 16, 2022
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF