Before heading out into the great big city, I often use notecards to sketch an overall concept for my weekend plans. Here’s a card from 2012 with vastly different ideas.
(1) Front side:
- At top of the map is Kawaguchi Art Factory (map), now closed. This is marked as “STUDIO” in the map portion of the card
- Below the “STUDIO” is marked “RED GATE”, which refers to the Red Sluice Gate, a former flood gate that managed the flow of water between the Arakawa and Sumidagawa rivers.
- At bottom of the map is “TO SUBWAY, AKABANE-IWABUCHI STATION” 赤羽岩淵駅
Red Sluice Gate:
Other items mentioned on this card are geographically diversified:
- Half Tone Jazz Club, Tachikawa 立川のハーフトーン (now closed after 17 years in business)
- Hockey, referring to Asia League Ice Hockey (ALIH); there was a Nikko Ice Bucks ホッケークラブ日光アイスバックス game that I believe was being played in
- Hakone Sculpture Garden
- Fujisawa Smart Town サスティナブル 藤:
(2) Flip side:
This map provides detail of the location of Kawaguchi Art Factory, marked here as “STUDIO”. The station drawn on this map is Kawaguchi-Motogo Station 川口元郷駅, of the Saitama Railway Line 埼玉高速鉄道線, with direct through-service with Tokyo’s Namboku subway line.
- Japanese cinema: Foundry Town / City of Cupolas / キューポラのある街 (1962) – film set in a steel town in Kawaguchi
- Kawaguchi at dusk 埼玉県 川口市 夕暮れ – photos of a dramatic afternoon sunset
- My Heroes Have Always Been (Petroleum) Cowboys 石油 , カウボーイ, 砂漠 – background on Fujisawa Smart Town
- A map of the Akabane area of Tokyo, south of Toda. See: Akabane Station, Kita-ku & Iwabuchimachi: water, tunnels and liberty