On my recent Tokyo vacation I stayed at the Toyoko Inn in Ikebukuro. The inn is on the East and North side of the station which is a rather colorful neighborhood filled with lots of nightime activities. In the morning it’s a different place. As I spent my days in Tokyo other places I got to see the two different faces of this rather colorful neighborhood
looking out toward Ikebukuro Station
Flashy isn’t it
The art school in Ikebukuro
Rather different than the daytime
Shopping arcade at night.
Not as exotic as at night
Not as exotic during the day.
Why Ikebukuro is what it is. People travel through and shop on their way home.
You can almost hear the action.
Full of restaurants and bars catering to the saleryman on his way home.
Seibu side with their mall and department store.
This was LDP. there was sort of a tone of desperation in the air.
This place was just opening up as I walked by every day.
Somehow they look more than a little tacky
Much better. sort of exotic really.
All The big stores are here.
The West side of Ikebukuro station during the day.
The Tobu side
I go all the way to All Japan news to see an ad photographed right next to Grand Central Terminal in New York City 😉