Back to last November. Fallen in the middle of Tokyo since a couple of days. Been there, done that. Not all over the places yet, but... all over quite a number of places, already.
I'm that kind of person who is able to get lost in endless overtimes of "crowdy" life, when it's worthing. But then, it comes the time when I need a cave.
"Cave", for me, is not a small room where to lock in and forget the World outside. Oh, well. Sometimes it is, why not? But, as a general rule, cave is that time/space junction where I can enjoy the silence and walk without a precise destination through a stunning desert landscape.
This is the reason why my morning lost around Shinbashi's Shiodome is so well stuck in my mind. One of the best moments of my journey!
With my tummy full of sushi like never in my life, I started to walk - slowly, oh my God! - from Tsukiji, direction Hama-rikyū Teien. It takes something like 10-15 minutes, along a wide road that touches the skyscrapers' area just lightly.
As long as you don't cross, you're out of it anyway. A dive in the deep green of Hama-rikyū Garden is due, before swimming to the other side. Now, I don't know much about Japanese gardens. But I've been surprised by the ability in arranging a fenced-in space a way that you perceive it as wide and with no boundaries.
What's special about Hama-rikyū? A rich vegetation, shaped of course, but not to the extreme - the top of the trees are still somehow casual, a bit messy. Behind them, over-sized buildings shining like mirrors under the sun.
Just one idea popped up in my head. Jogging. Saturday morning jogging. And listen... I'm everything but a jogger. I never thought about jogging till that time! And this is it.
Or "skyscrapers". I'm also a bit sick about outstanding architecture, and this is very... outstanding! Getting off from Hama-rikyū Teien - looking the landscape from another perspective, I saw that immediately.
I'm talking about the shortest building in that area, but probably also the most famous. Nakagin Capsule Tower by architect Kisho Kurokawa, a masterpieces of the Seventies. Also, unluckily, one of the very few mis-manteined venues in Japan, I think. Yet still fascinating, and I mean it.
So... I crossed the road, and my long walk around that bit more than ten skyscrapers of Shiodome started right there. Taking the best among hundreds pictures that I shot that day.
Right in front of the Nakagin Tower starts a long pedestrian elevated street, sliding around the buildings up to the Yurikamome Station and over. I switched off the GPS, to better get lost into the levels and layers, stairs and elevators, bridges and train corridors... just stunning!
In the end, I entered in one of the buildings. And because I'm not a regular head, I didn't choose a skyscraper pointing to the sky. I choose the only palace which main entrance and hall are down, very down: the Caretta Shiodome.
There I found the Advertising Museum Tokyo, a small but captivating collection of historical advertising made in Japan. Plus the entrance is free, so it's not to be missed. I didn't now, but here is also located one of the biggest auditorium of the city, the Dentsu Shiki Theatre SEA. Maybe next time I should check the schedule and buy a ticket (ehehe).
After this architectural full immersion... outdoor again, smelling the silence for a while. And on my way to the next exploration. Roppongi! (oh yes... new story coming soon)