Roppongi Hills

Last week, a friend from home was in town and we visited Roppongi Hills, the complex I have watched construction of from my window for the last two years. As we walked through the “zen garden” my visitor remarked, “the highway is only 5 feet away, it’s loud, how relaxing is that?” Which, I think, pretty much sums up all of Japan. Recently I joked with a friend about searching for that single spot in Japan that not one power line, car, slab of concrete, or shack of rusting, corrugated steel is visible from any direction.

Jean Snow has some interesting dialog on Roppongi Hills here and here as well as some interesting photos.

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4 thoughts on “Roppongi Hills

  1. Yeah, seems to be a lot of love/hate towards Roppongi Hills. What are you thoughts on it? Have you been to the Shiodome complex? If so, how does it compare?

  2. I visited Shiodome, Roppongi Hills and also this new street of high rise buildings close to Shinagawa station. They all look the same to me: too much office space, too many small boutiques that will be closed within 12 months and not enough restaurants and coffeeshops. It makes me wonder how these buildings will look like in 2004, when the hype is over. Sorry for my gloomy view on things.

  3. “Recently I joked with a friend about searching for that single spot in Japan that not one power line, car, slab of concrete, or shack of rusting, corrugated steel is visible from any direction.”
    actually, i’d heard that only about 35-40% of Japan is inhabited — most of the nation is too mountainous to be practical. If the Roppongi area is too noisy, try a walk through Nogizaka; a close walk and a quiet neighborhood. No complaints over here!

  4. Roppongi Hills is a godsend for me because I can finally go to the movies after work any night of the week. Something I miss from back home. The rest of it is kind of just more of the same though.
    Shiodome City Center has a nice outdoor Vie De France (no idea if it’s got wireless) and it’s got a trendy food court also with outdoor seating. There’s also that beautiful imperial park behind it. To bad the park closes at 4:30.

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