The Odakyu train line has now gone deep underground, and with it has brought a huge, brand new station that is both sterile and soulless in equal measures. It is not what Shimokitazawa is about, but I guess this is what you call ‘progress’ in the modern age. I often think of my neighbourhood as a village – and the level crossings that dissected it were part of its charm. It was part of old Tokyo, so little of which now still remains.
On the last night of the Odakyu line being active overground I decided to take my BMX down for a nostalgia trip. I’m glad I did – there were all sorts of people out and about: news crews, train nerds and even some guys doing live video projections onto the shutters of the now-defunct Shimokitazawa market under the station. I took a short video of the cycle from my house to the station, showing some of the projections, and ending with the crossing lifting for one of the last times.