Nonetheless, the blue skies of summer have been out over Tokyo in force recently (accompanied by a ferocious sun and ridiculous temperatures in the high 30s – it got up to 39C on Thursday!) and I decided it was high time to drag myself and my wide-angle out to take some photos of something.
Originally I was going to climb a mountain and get some nature, but I’ve had the striking misfortune of being sick all week (this is actually the second time I’ve been sick in less than a month, wtf?!) so I figured that probably wasn’t the wisest idea in the world. And with the temperatures being what they were, I wasn’t sure venturing somewhere outside of Tokyo would be a good idea either, so instead I opted to stop by the Nishi-Roku Tire Park in Kamata.
I don’t really remember how I first heard of this place (I think the lovely Bethann told me about it?), and it’s not particularly famous. What it is, however, is a random park filled with random piles of tires shaped into random sculptures like robots, dragons, dinosaurs and so forth. I think it’s actually aimed at kids and families, although when I went there last week there were precious few people there – a couple wilting from the heat, a dog panting in the shade, and two mothers with their children, although the children seemed more interested in playing with the water fountain than with the pitch-black tires radiating ungodly amounts of heat.
Anyway, it was a fairly interesting place to visit (though I recommend you do so on a day when you’re not in imminent danger of dying from heatstroke every 30 minutes or so) and is less than a 10 minute walk from Kamata station. If we’re being honest here, there not much reason to visit Kamata besides this tire park (itself a fairly dubious reason to visit) – believe me, I looked. However, Kamata is only a few minutes train ride from Shinagawa so you know, if you’re bored and/or really, really love tires (or tire dinosaurs), then you should take a look.
More photos after the jump.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!
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