The One about Gotokuji Station in Setagaya

Back in 1927, Gotokuji Station in Setagaya, Tokyo was created. Designated as station OH 10 and is on the Odakyu Odawara Line, from the station, you can go to Machida, Hon-Atsugi, Odawara, Hakone-Tozan Railway, Hakone-Yumoto, Odakyu Tama Line – Karakida, Odakyu Enoshima Line Fujisawa and Katase-Enoshim or the opposite way to Shinjuku, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line – Ayase or Joban Line – Toride. There is only one ticket gate and […]

The One about Sangen-jaya Station in Setagaya

When going to Sangen-Jaya Station in Setagaya, Tokyo, one of the things you’ll notice that it’s right at Carrot Tower and it looks quite new from the outside. In truth, Sangen-Jaya Station has been around since March 1907 (Meiji 37) and the rail line was originally known as the Tamagawa Line and is operated by the private railway operator Tokyo Corporation. By January 1925 (Taisho 14), the Setagaya Line was […]

The One about Carrot Tower in Setagaya

Located in Sangen-jaya, Setagaya, Tokyo is a high-rise known as Carrot Tower. Completed in 1996, Carrot Tower is part of the redevelopment project around Sangen-jaya station, a station that it’s connected to and directly connected to the Tokyu Setagaya Line. 26 stories above ground and having five basement levels, the building was named after a winning entry among local children, due to the building’s brick exterior. The location is the […]

The One about Yamashita Station in Setagaya

Traveling to Japan, I’m always fascinated by various train stations and the variety of trains that the country has. In Setagaya, Yamashita Station is right across the street from Gotokuji Station and unlike Gotokuji, has the look of a very old station. And old is the station as it was created in 1925 and has two sides, bringing people to Shimo-Takaido and Kamimachi-Sangen-Jaya. The station has gone through several names, […]

The One about Tamagawa Takashimaya & Nearby Stores

I recently wrote about Futako-Tamagawa Rise and the planning of Tama New Town and bringing people who were moving to Tokyo to planned developments. And it may be a surprise to people who are familiar with the popular Takashimaya department stores that the first western-style Takashimaya was created in the Futako-Tamagawa area in 1969 and referred to as Tamagawa Takashimaya. But Takashimaya’s history goes as far back to 1831 when […]

The One about Futako-Tamagawa Rise in Setagaya

In Japan, shopping centers are something you will see a lot of. Where shopping malls in America may not have the same type of dominance as it did in the ’80s and ’90s, in Japan, even with today’s modern society where online shopping has been dominant, many developers has managed to create upscale retail shopping centers combined with high-rise apartment towers and making the modern, sleek cultural centers where a […]

The One about Gotokuji Temple in Setagaya

In Setagaya, many people flock to Gotokuji Temple which many people call the “cat temple”. Featuring a plethora of statues feat. the lucky cat a.k.a. “maneki neko” (招き猫). The legend and also the Japan National Tourism Organization says that during the Edo Period, af eudal lord named Ii Naotaka was arriving home and saw the temple’s cat trying to get him to enter the temple (hence the cat’s paw up […]

The One about Robson Fries in Shimokitazawa

As America has “French Fries”, Japan has “Potatoes”.  But have you heard of Robson Fries? Robson Fries are inspired by fries from Canada but with a Japanese style and can be found in the trendy area of Shimokitazawa in the Setagaya ward of Tokyo. In America, we are used to seeing fries fried in oil.  At Robson Fries, their fries are made with 100% rice oil to lower cholesterol and […]