Inspired by others….my journey to work.
I live in the incredible neighborhood of Nakameguro in South-Central Tokyo. My apartment is on the second floor above the dentist and a wine bar. I considered the wine bar a good sign when I was apartment hunting in 2010. In the morning when I go to work, this street is quiet. But during the day it’s bustling with people shopping and chit-chatting, and hanging out. At night it’s lit up with lanterns (you can see the pumpkin lanterns in these pictures). This street is my favorite place in all of Tokyo and the view from my balcony is the best place to watch the world go by.There are 27 vending machines on my 7 minute walk to the station. You can also get hot drinks out of the vending machine. Genius.
Here is Nakameguro Station, which is pretty calm by Tokyo standards. I get there between 6:45-7:15 depending on the day. If I get the express train, then I try to get a seat on the “women’s only car.” I never wait more than 4 minutes for a train and always have a seat. And no line changes…a straight shot on the Tokyu-Tokyo line. I can’t tell you how much I love Tokyo transport.
The train ride can take about 40-50 minutes depending on if it’s the express or not. It’s my time to wake up. I listen to podcasts, check emails, or pretend to read. People watching is the best way to spend your time. As we get closer to Yokohama the car is crammed with people. But Tokyo is one of the only major cities I know of that you can fall asleep on a stranger’s shoulder and no one will steal your iPhone or your wallet.
Upon arriving at Motomachi-Chukagai station in Yokohama, I have a choice. Exit 5 for Starbucks or exit 6 to go to the park to get to school. I pick exit 5 95% of the time.
I love this photo. I must take 8 or 9 escalators to get to the station exit. The walls are covered with old photos of Yokohama, reminding weary commuters of what life was like in Yokohama when the first foreigners were given permission to stay. Traditions and lifestyles change in Japan, but no country has a better sense of self than Japan.
After a five minute walk, I arrive at the school gates. Yokohama International School is tucked into a residential neighborhood on “the Bluff” and is surprisingly small for a school of almost 700 students.
An hour or so after leaving my apartment in Tokyo, I arrive in my classroom.
Bring on the day.
Thanks to all those who posted their journeys to work. It turned something that can be a chore into something pretty special. Check out Kim’s, Jess’s , Anne’s, Clint’s , Keri-Lee’s (any others?) for other commutes.