Panorama of Tokyo’s waterfront from Rainbow Bridge

Tokyo Bay panorama, mini version

I left my former post doc position at NICT at the end of August and left Japan in mid-September. In the two free weeks I was busy wrapping up my life in Japan and preparing for the move. One important item on my “wrapping up” list was to walk across Rainbow Bridge and take a lot of photographs. The bridge is one of my favourite locations in Tokyo. Starting from Shibaura, a little south of the central Ginza-Shinbashi area, it rises to a maximum height of 52 meters above Tokyo Bay via a 300° loop, makes two soft turns and eases down on Odaiba, a large landfill area in the bay. There are some fantastic views of the Tokyo skyline and harbour from there, and Rainbow Bridge itself is quite beautiful. On top of that, the Yurikamome train line passes across the bridge. With its driver-less trains it makes for an amazing ride at the front or rear windows. I had taken a few photos of the bridge before, but never from the bridge itself. I promised myself to do that before leaving Tokyo.

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Anticrepuscular rays

Two days ago, just after sunset, we had this view from the balcony:

Anticrepuscular rays over Shinagawa hotel area

The pink beams seem to be emanating from the hotels and corporate headquarters around Shinagawa Station. The sun was not setting behind these buildings, as you might think, but rather in the opposite direction in the sky. What was their origin? Although a great theory, they are not related to any imminent re-emergence of the Japanese Empire, as suggested by Anders.

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