The Yamanote Line 山手線
The Yamanote Line is the railway loop line central Tokyo metropolis (JR East), one of Tokyo's busiest lines, connecting most of Tokyo's major stations and urban centres and, with its 34,5 km perimeter, it encloses the central area of Tokyo for a total of about 62 square kilometres, internally. Along the railway ring, the 30 main stations follow one after the other rhythmically; among them the most crowded and the oldest ones are Shibuya Station (1885), Shinjuku Station (1885) and Tokyo Station (1914), all of three previously investigated.
In this year 2022 we can count the total 30 stations along the Yamanote Line, named as: 1.Tokyo Station, 2.Kanda, 3.Akihabara, 4.Okachimachi, 5.Ueno, 6.Uguisudani, 7.Nippori, 8.Nishi-Nippori, 9.Tabata, 10.Komagome, 11.Sugamo, 12.Ootsuka, 13.Ikebukuro, 14.Mejiro, 15.Takadanobaba, 16.Shin-Ookubo, 17.Shinjuku, 18.Yoyogi, 19.Harajuku, 20.Shibuya, 21.Ebisu, 22.Meguro, 23.Gotanda, 24.Oosaki, 25.Shinagawa, 26.Takanawa-Gateway, 27.Tamachi, 28.Hamamatsuchou, 29.Shimbashi, 30.Yurakuchou.
Prior to 1885, that was before the construction of Shibuya Station, the only connection from the south Shinagawa Station to the north of the city Akabane, was the carriage for merchandise only. Consequently, with the new imported technology of the railway, a freight train was set up from Shinagawa, passing from Shibuya to Akabane. Because of the mountainous terrain, this new short cut line looped in a large C shape, taking the name of foothills (yama-no-te) line.
Just before the restrictions due to the Covid19, the Yamanote Line used to carry on over four million passengers every day, as a pulsing heart of Tokyo's train network. During the Pandemic lock-down the commuters dropped down dramatically. In 2022, little by little, it is going to recover even we are still far from the previous enormous crowd.
Idea of the exhibition and construction of the 30 Yamanote Line's station models by the Architect Professor Keisuke Tamura + Tamura Laboratory, + DP Yamanote Line Project teamwork Showa Women's University - Department of Environmental Science and Design.
Photography Silvia Rulli
"30Stations Yamanote Line model" _ Symposium at Tokyo Culture-Culture Shibuya
Lecture by prof. KSK Tamura