Omote Sando Street

Now, Omotesando street is the most fashionable street in Tokyo together with Ginza street. Big trees of zelkova extend branches along the way, and the stores of the high-class fashion brand in the world have opened shops in a row behind a screen of trees. The refined atmosphere attracts many people ,especially young people, and the street is presenting signs that it was always filled with vigor.

This road was constructed simultaneously with the erection of Meiji-jingu shrine. It is made as main approach leading to Meiji-jingu shrine with the Aoyama street as the starting point.

It was not so old that fashionable stores have gathered along this passage.
As the trees of zelkova grew and brought the shade to the street side, the town also gradually developed into a most elegant town in Tokyo.

I walked along this passage on a day of early winter. Zelkova dropped the leaves and the building along the road was seen through the shade of trees.

The starting point of this road is at the crossing with Aoyama street.
A stone lantern stands on both side of the road.
It shows that this is a starting point of the main approach to the shrine.

All the buildings along the road aim at harmony with roadside trees,
and are unified into the almost same height.

A building is visible beyond the zelkova tree whose leaves were dropped distinctly.

The stone-made building (left)
and the headquarters of the nurse association. (right).

The top brands in the world, such as Dior and Chanel, open the stores along the road.

An attractive store stood on a near way called Onden passage.

The crossing with Meiji-Dori avenue.
A store of the GAP stands as a landmark at the crossing.
The store is popular among young people.

A side street near the crossing.

The buildings of apartment style are located in a line along the road near Harajuku.
Many apparel studios are contained inside.

Near the Harajuku station

The Harajuku station is the building of a half timber style.

A waterwheel at Onden
Woodcut print by Hokusai

In Tokugawa period, this area was a vast field with a small river called Shibuya-gawa running through it. People used to grow up vegetables on this field.

The waterwheel seems to have been used to supply water from the river to the field.

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