I'm writing this as I watch the snow falling outside my window. It's a lovely day to be inside. It's also a nice welcome back to Boston after spending a rather warm winter in Japan. I just returned from a month-long residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site Residency. I spent much of my time at the TWS exploring the streets where rivers and other types of waterways once existed. These areas are called 暗渠、”ankyo” in Japanese. Many of them became promenades, some are used as sewage lines while others were just covered and water eventually dried out. Almost everyday, I put on my hiking shoes and headed out to explore these “ankyo” streets in Tokyo. I wanted to see if I can sense the invisible rivers.
I posted many images from my journey on Instagram, and here are some examples. I have a lot to digest what I have seen and felt from these streets - or buried rivers in Tokyo.