Short Walk in Kanda

I Don’t Know Where To Go

Kanda was one of the stations signed on the map in bold, which means that it is an ‘important’ stop, at least it is on the map. I was running out of time and I had to be quick because I still had to go back to the Ryokan to get my luggage. The owners of the Ryokan were very kind and they told me that they could keep the luggage for me at the Ryokan so I could go ‘freely’ to visit other places. Japanese hoteliers are very kind in this respect.

Arrived at Kanda station I was looking around and, at first, I couldn’t try to guess which direction I should go. Like all the other places I visited, also Kanda was different. I had a good look around, walked in few different directions in order to figure out which was the street that attracted me, and my ‘6th sense’ never turn me down (or almost).

Early Evining Lights

I could see that the sun was setting behind Tokyo’s skyscrapers and the lights of the buildings of this day just before the middle of September were starting to switch on. I found a long street that was not paved with asphalt, but with stones, where there was no traffic, well, apart from a few mopeds and bicycles parked on the side of the street.

Picture 1 - Kanda Sign
Picture 1 – Kanda Sign
Picture 2 - Character of the street in Kanda
Picture 2 – Some bicycles parked in Kanda

It seemed like a long street and my first impression was for admiration. The street didn’t have anything special at all, however, as a lover of Japan, I liked the way the street was, because for me it really looked like a traditional Japanese street. I know it is easier to judge after only 4 days in this amazing city, but you cannot find anywhere in Europe streets with the same character and fashion as that one. I don’t mean that this street is particularly attractive, better than its European counterpart, but it is very different. In a way, it looks similar to one of the streets in Shinjuku, however, Kanda style seems more from a small town in countryside style, while Shinjuku back streets look more like city centre back streets (even though, until that day in my life I had never been to anywere more countriside than Tokyo in Japan.

Picture 3 - Street with Character
Picture 3 – Street with Character

End of Business

While walking along this street (next time I travel somewhere I should note the name of the streets for you, the reader, to know where I have been so you can search it easily) I noticed many businessmen going my opposite direction (there were women as well but the number of men surclassed the number of women). All of them were wearing suits and they looked very professionals. I realised that they had probably just finished to work and they were going back home and probably they were going to get the train at Kanda station and a business area was not really far away unless Japanese businessmen love walking very long distances.

Picture 4 - Businessmen going back home
Picture 4 – Businessmen going back home

I turned my head up and saw that I could see at a short distance in my directions buildings that were probably belonging to Akihabara (or simply ‘Akihaba’ as Japanese people prefer calling it). Probably Akihabara was not really far away. Probably not even Tokyo station, where a lot of businessmen work, or maybe there is a business area in Kanda or really nearby there.

It was time to go back to get my lagguge at the Ryokan and then meet Mari for the next adventure.