Located in the Chuo ward in Tokyo, Ginza is where one would go to find department stores, fashion boutiques, restaurants and brand names such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. On a Sunday or national holiday, the main wide street that runs through Ginza is pedestrianized until the evening enabling folks to have a nice stroll while shopping n eating.
This is Chuo-dori - the main street that runs through Ginza (located here in Google maps).
There is something about Ginza that has a distinctively different feel than other shopping districts like Shinjuku for example. Could be the tall buildings or the "snazzy" feel of things in the air?
Here looking for some parking with the aid of our car navigation. We got that navi quite a few years ago and am not sure how to update the map data - we discovered the hard way that the one way arrows were out of date ^^;
Here you can see the car arrow on top of a building - it gets confused when there are too many tall structures in the immediate vicinity.
If you are looking to get some car navigation in Japan, I recommend smaller units that you can take out of the car with you. After parking your car, you would then be able to use the same unit to get you to your destination.
Parking on the roads in Tokyo are a pain in the left buttock. In most places you can park for only an hour - in this case its 300 yen. If you park for more than an hour, the side of the parking meters start to glow red making it easy for a traffic warden to spot from afar.
If you want to park for longer in the same spot, you need to move the car and re-park it. We discovered that there is some sort of infra red beam that hits the car when its parked. Unless the beam is broken, it thinks you are still parked. If you are lucky enough not to have anybody behind, you can just move the car back a bit to break the beam and then move back forward. Wondering if a deflecting mirror would do the trick instead? ^^;
The meters don't let you put in money to cover a few hours either. I'm presuming that they do this so that everybody gets some parking time.
The bustling intersection reminds me of how I recorded sounds of the Shibuya crossing many moons ago when I came to Japan as a visitor. I would listen to those recordings in my room back in London. When I closed my eyes, I was teleported back to Shibuya thought the sounds.
When I opened my eyes, I was back in London which reminded me that I needed to continue to study Japanese hard or I'll be stuck in London forever listening to those recordings.
For folks who want to live and work in Japan - when you are over here next, record something through your own eyes so that you can relive it when you are back home - the chemical reaction caused by this will help keep you focused on your destination and push you to get the things done needed to get you here.
The chemical reaction thing is obviously just a theory of mine but it worked for me ^^;
Secret between you and me (don't tell anybody I told you) - but I think I may have already mentioned it ^^;
If you fancy a nice view from above, as you walk along a street, keep an eye out for staircases which go up the side of a building. Many of the stair cases are situated where the balcony is so if you just go up the stairs, you can normally get a good view.
The stairs let pretty much anybody in - because they have to let everybody out in the case of an emergency.