Friday, 14 February 2020

The Station Where You Can See Tokyo Skytree

EMU JR East E235 series leaves Otsuka station and travels on the Yamanote line backed by Tokyo Skytree

I recently found an urban view point in the downtown Tokyo area. It's a bridge over the railway tracks near Otsuka station on the JR East Yamanote line. We can see both Tokyo Skytree and the JR trains there. Tokyo Skytree is a TV and radio broadcasting tower completed in 2012. It's located about 8 kilometers east of Otsuka station, and known as the tallest freestanding broadcasting tower in the world. The construction of this new landmark in Tokyo was commenced in July 2008. It reached the target, a height of 634 meters on March 18th, 2011, just one week after the 3.11 giant earthquake in the eastern part of Japan. Skytree looks very beautiful specifically on a bright and clear afternoon in the sunlight.

I tried to take photographs of JR trains backed by Tokyo Skytree from this view point on a weekend. My target trains were the EMU E235 series on the Yamanote line and the E231 series on the adjacent Shonan-Shinjuku line. As you may know, the EMU E235 series is currently a sole model operated on the Yamanote line. In other words, all the sets of the old E231-500 series had already been retired from the Yamanote line. The last run of the E231-500 series on the Yamanote line was conducted on January 20th this year, but don't wail it. They had been transferred to the Sobu line to spend their second life. They haven't been scrapped yet.

Time moves very quickly.

EMU JR East E231 series travels on the Shonan-Shinjuku line backed by Tokyo Skytree