Day 3 [New Year’s Resolution]: A Bit About My Home in Tokyo
Writing one blog post a day for 2018 is all well and good, but it’ll just get boring if it’s a constant daily diary. Day three and we’re still going strong; at this rate, we’ll be a week in, and that’s longer than 95% of most new year’s resolutions.
Since Tokyo is a pretty big place, I thought I’d tell you a bit about where I live.
This is Gakugei-Daigaku.
Some of you will know that means “art university,” though the actual Gakugei Daigaku University of Arts moved to a different area long ago.
Gakugei-Daigaku has a town-like, local atmosphere, even though it’s just four stops from Shibuya Station on the Toyoko line. It’s got restaurants, cafes, a small BOOK OFF store, a shoe shop, and a Starbucks, Baskin Robbins (locally called “31 Ice,” KFC, and McDonald’s. It is part of Meguro Ward.
I love it here! People have asked, in various levels of sarcasm, whether living in Tokyo means that I’m constantly around massive crowds as if we’re all bunched together like sardines whether we’re crossing the road or on the toilet. No doubt they’re thinking of places like Shibuya Crossing, Shinjuku, or Ikebukuro during rush hour. Shibuya Crossing, for example, sees around three thousand people per minute during peak time.
There are a lot of places, though, that are spacious and beautiful, and you’d never guess that you were just a several-minute subway ride from metropolitan areas. I’m talking about the Imperial Palace area, Yoyogi Park, and of course, small community areas like Gakugei-Daigaku.
That’s enough from me right now anyway, as I have a lot of other writing tasks to get on with. If you have any questions about Gakugei-Daigaku or Tokyo in general, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂