[sumo] Ryogoku station renovation ceremony Sunday April 14, 2013

Mark Buckton markbuckton1970 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 15 05:40:37 EDT 2013

JR main player Doreen. With support of a number of local businesses from
what I was told.

On 15 April 2013 17:00, Doreen Simmons <simmons at fpcjpn.or.jp> wrote:

> Thanks for the report, Patricia. The newsstand was the first thing to go,
> at least two months ago -- just before work started on the ground-floor
> accessible toilet that just opened. I too am sorry that the dohyo markings
> on the floor have gone. That used to be one of my favorite things to show
> visitors. I haven't had chance to check out the rows of tegata yet -- I
> assumed that's what those long metal sheets under the two yusho-gaku
> contain. (I was away on a choir retreat in the mountains of Nagano so I'm
> still more or less floating through the station...)
> The platform itself could certainly do with repaving, and at the place
> I wait for the train there wasn't anything in the way of new notices. The
> old seats were there as usual, but I didn't check further down.
> What I still don't get is: who was putting on the opening? Just JR
> improving one of its stations, or in cooperation with the Edo Tokyo Museum
> just behind the station, maybe plus the Sumo Association?
> Doreen Simmons
> On 15 April 2013 05:32, Patricia Yarrow <yarrowp at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The 10:30 a.m. opening ceremony was mainly a succession of older men in
> > suits sporting a giant red lapel corsage and going on and on happily
> into a
> > microphone while a crowd stood around in the sun and wind. Held on the
> > newly repaved and spiffy open area between the station and the Kokugikan.
> > Goodby to the old fenced in grungy parking lot. Two huge yukata-wearing
> > rikishi pals were hanging out and attracting a lot of photographers from
> > the crowd, including me.
> >
> > Posted to my Facebook page:   http://www.facebook.com/patricia.yarrow
> >
> > Changes in the station: two huge reprints of the popular Hokusai prints
> of
> > Ryogoku bridge. Someone has taken same idea from the nearby Edo-Tokyo
> > Museum and laid an ancient map of the area on the floor. Lot of people
> > standing around staring at their feet, trying to find locations. Predict
> a
> > lot of congestion here. Inside the ticket wickets, the beautifully subtle
> > dohyo ring markings in the floor are gone. That is too bad. Why did they
> do
> > that? Not replaced with anything interesting.  Also missing: the tiny
> > newsstand with snacks and goodies. The New Days convini by the station
> will
> > surely thrive anew.
> > A huge wheelchair accessible bathroom. Door faces everyone coming into
> the
> > station, so make sure everything is tucked back in when you open that
> door!
> > Further along, the two regular restrooms are new and modern. No more
> > stinking benjo style.
> >
> > So, some good things, some regrets, on the station renewal. Walls along
> the
> > escalators are still dirty though. Wish those were cleaned up. Some new
> > signage on the train platform. No more seats. Generally, everyting is OK
> > and Ryogoku eki hasn't lost its character.
> >
> > --
> > ♪♪♪♪♪
> > Patricia Yarrow
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