For the duration of this blog our group has been talking about various modes of transportation that are all widely and frequently used by many people. For this last section, since we are discussing simple modes of transportation like walking, I would like to talk about something that is not talked about all that often. This would be the back alleys of the residential areas of Kawasaki-shi around Senshu University and the Kenshu-kan. From the narrow streets to the various nooks and crannies, there are numerous exciting places to explore and find out what lies around the corner.
One of the things that I was most surprised about was how despite the population density of Tokyo in general, the city is still very green. There are trees, small forests, and plants everywhere you look, and this greenery gives a very cozy impression. Because of all this greenery, even in the center of a packed residential zone, there are spectacular views and scenery to be found if only you spend the time to search for them. This exploring of the various back alleys around stations, residential areas, and commercial districts has been one of the highlights of this trip. Thankfully, because the large roads are relatively easy to find, if you search for them it is very hard to get lost. Retracing your steps is also very straightforward!
Perhaps my favorite place to go when I’m looking for some beautiful scenery is right next to the Kenshu-kan dormitories. Going up the path to the school, after a little walk there is a side street to the right that opens up into a beautiful field. Looking at it at night - when the wind is swaying the tall grass and the branches of the large trees that stretch far over your head - is a wonderful sight to see. There is also another beautiful valley that is much farther away from the dormitory on the way to Senshu University. When it opens up into a huge valley full of trees from your vantage point far above it, it is quite breathtaking.
I hope you enjoyed this little foray into the back alleys of Kawasaki-shi! I hope that I was able to paint at least a small picture of what they are like. I think everyone should try at least once to walk along the tempting path and sate their desire to explore!