On my walk today, I found the Japan Map Center!
It was closed, but I enjoyed just looking at the window.
The renovated Yoyogi Hachiman Station
When I got off at Yoyogi Hachiman, I found that the passage that had been under construction almost a month ago was now open.
Walking through the new area made me feel a little better about myself.
There was a pine tree called “Kuragake no Matsu” where Minamoto no Yoritomo (some say Yoshiie) hung his saddle when he went to conquer Oshu. It was a famous tree with leaning branches and an interesting shape, but unfortunately, it died in the Meiji era.
For some reason, there was a riot police car parked around this pine tree, and a security guard was standing there. When I asked why, I was probably just told to go away. When I got home, I did a search using the place name “Tomigaya” and “security,” and found out the reason.
You can see NHK from here. There are many antennas attached.
The roof of the house in the foreground is almost the same height as the road I am walking on now, so I can see that the side of the road is a cliff. The cliff seems to have been carved out by a tributary of the Shibuya River.
I wondered if NHK was also located in the valley of the Shibuya River, so I looked at a topographical map and found that it was on a plateau with an elevation of about 20 meters.
I checked the elevation of Mt. Atago, where NHK was originally located, and found it to be 25.7 meters. Although the elevation of the building was slightly lower after the move, it is still a broadcasting station, so it seems that they chose to build their building in a high place.
In front of a cafe, I found a stone monument!
It says, “Aburaya e Sanri Tofuya e Ni ri. (6 miles to the oil shop, 4 miles to the tofu shop)”
It seems that people in the old days used to go far away for shopping even though they didn’t have cars.
The area around the Matsumi-zaka intersection is very complicated.
This seems to be a tributary work of the Meguro River.
I found the Japan Map Center, which may have something to do with the complex, uneven terrain!
It was closed, but if it were open, would they be selling them?
Even though it was closed, the contents displayed in the window were deep and enjoyable.
For example, I learned (1) that a 29-sided topographical map was published on December 1, 2049, (2) that Tamagawa Onsen produces a rare lead-containing hematite called “Hokuto-seki,” and (3) that there is a place called “Menoto (Woman’s city)” in the northeastern part of Nagasaki Prefecture.
In commemoration of His Majesty the Emperor’s accession to the throne, a set of 1,000 limited edition maps commemorating the accession of the fourth generation to the throne, priced at 27,500 yen, is also available for purchase. The four generations seem to be Taisho, Showa, Heisei, and Reiwa. It comes in a paulownia box.
I found an observation well for land subsidence!
This is the second observation well after the Setagaya observation well at Roka Koshunen.
Right next to the observation well, there was also some kind of amazing device. The duct extending to the right crossed over the sidewalk and connected to the Osakabashi automobile emission measurement station. I wondered if there was an analyzer or something in there. (I found out after I got home that it was an electrostatic precipitator and denitrator for a public air purification experiment.)
I met the Meguro River. It’s been a long time since I walked along the river, since March of this year.
That’s right, I was walking along Loop Route 6.
The area I am walking today is called Yamate Dori all the way. Yamate Dori in this area is currently undergoing widening.
I arrived at Nakameguro station.
I didn’t take any pictures, but I think the shopping street leading up to here is one of the most fashionable shopping streets in Tokyo.
Course: Odakyu Odawara Line Yoyogihachiman Station -> Loop Route 6 (Yamate Street) -> Tokyu Toyoko Line Nakameguro Station