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More Time-Killing: At the Tram Station
Posted By: Mike Cash, 11-26-2007, 04:54 AM

Still having a little time to kill after shooting at the breakwater, I came on back to the more developed and touristy Odaiba area, built on reclaimed land from Tokyo Bay. Since I was parked right below the elevated Yurikamome tram line that serves the area and is the sole rail connection with the main portion of Tokyo, I decided to go up and take some photos from the station.

The tram line is different from the other rail lines in a couple of ways. First, it runs on rubber tires. Second, the cars are unmanned; there is no driver and no conductor.



The interior of the station is entirely lined by glass walls, making it impossible to fall off the platform or leap in front of a train. Quite a few stations in Tokyo have gone to adding some sort of platform-edge barrier to cut down on accidents and suicides. The trains are most remarkable for precision stopping, so the train doors and the barrier doors open together in a style similar to the double doors of elevators. The textured yellow tiles are for the benefit of the sight-impaired.



And I couldn't resist taking a shot of the large Ferris Wheel as reflected in the Telecom Center building adjacent to the track. The Ferris Wheel is notable for arguably being the location of more nudity and surreptitious sexual thrills than a good many actual red light districts. Keep a weather eye on the surrounding cars when you ride and you stand a good chance of seeing some clothes going on or off.



#1 and #3 SMC-A 35-105/3.5
#2 Cosina MF 20/3.8

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11-26-2007, 06:48 AM   #2
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LOLOLOL funny story about that ferris wheel. Great shots and they gave me a tour of a place I more then likely will never see. Thanks Mike
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Nice series and story Mike - and I agree with Pat the Fantasy Ferris Wheel haha ummmm in the area you are is this a pre-requisite to the mile high club?
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Wow, great stuff here again Mike, you're on a roll buddy.

I love the ferris wheel shot and you'll have to come again when the sky is really blue and try again so a bit more contrast. The second train station shot is now a favorite of mine and makes me wish my town had a train station of some sort

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All three are great but #1 is my favorite.
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Very, very nice Mike, love that ferries wheel and the story to go with it. :-) Thanks for posting , Heinrich
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Soo........ Dave, what do we know about the mile-high club? :-)

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I like the ferris wheel even better after that story

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Nice like always Mike,

I kind of think that you should snap on a 2000mm lens and take a few closeups of that ferris wheel from a roof top
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The train station stands out to me. Nice composition, works well.
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awesome photos mate.. very well taken.. i love ths story about the wheel, jeez, i should go out an buy a huge zoom ,go over to japan and see what i can come up with, hahah.
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Nice work. I remember the guys that push everyone into the train cars during the busy times;guess that's not the case on this line. Having grown up and lived/worked in NYC it always amazes me how much more civilized the subway type systems are everywhere else in the world.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Heinrich Lohmann Quote
Soo........ Dave, what do we know about the mile-high club? :-)

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haah we know I am a member in waiting (or wanting)
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i really like your shots, too. My favourite one is the first. It shows some ordinary from tokyo to me i found really special. Thanks for your little storys. They make your photos alive!
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