For the general public entering Tokyo Station from the Marunouchi side, the ticket gates are located in the domes on the north and south sides of the station building. Although lacking the dignity of the imperial guest entrance, the high domed roof of the ticket gates gives a sense of history. Most people hurry past, but I think it is a good spot to stop and look up with your mouth half-open.
Tokyo Station was first opened in 1914. Nearly 25 years had passed since the area around Marunouchi, where the main entrance to the station is located, was sold to Yanosuke Iwasaki, the second-generation head of Mitsubishi, and the red-brick buildings that lined the streets were known as Little London.
For this reason, the stairs leading down to the underground mall at Tokyo Station are located outside the station building, outside the dome where the ticket gates are located. At the time of the construction of Tokyo Station, there must have been no idea to build a passage to the underground mall. However, nowadays, most people coming out of the ticket gates go down the stairs right in front of the dome, and people coming up the stairs from the underground shopping mall disappear behind the ticket gates. Again, I was looking at the sun pool between the stairs and the dome when I saw women's legs going up the stairs towards the ticket gate.
|Nov 2021 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|LEG MARUNOUCHI SHADOW|
November 5, 2021
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SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF