Snapshots of Matsubara-cho
Beginning on March 11, 2000, we are including a new project about our neighborhood and our perceptions of it. The self imposed requirements are that it should be mostly photos with very little essay. Three photos will be taken each week, within our Matsubara-cho neighborhood, in the limited time frame of about 30 minutes, hence 3 in 30. We don't want to make this a laborious project. The snapshots should in some way illustrate some facet of Japan or the special qualities of our neighborhood.
The larger picture is of course, that we live in the metropolitan area of Tokyo1, Japan2, in the city of Akishima3, in the neighborhood called Matsubara-cho4. It is sometimes easier to describe to people that we live in Haijima, meaning that we live near the Haijima train station, though there is no place that is officially Haijima. There is, on the other hand, a civic group that calls itself Haijima eki mae chishikai. This means "The civic group in front of Haijima station."
Addendum: These pages were originally created at the turn of the century when the average household was just beginning to access the World Wide Web. People connected with the nascent internet with modems that connected through phone lines (dial-up.) A good modem could connect at 33.6Kb, that is 33,600 bits a second. These pages would have taken tens of seconds to load so I kept the images quite small. Current rates take less than a second.last addition 7/25/2002 [ Wehrhaus Home ]