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  1. I was at Tokorozawa Station riding my favorite Shinjuku Line trains this past weekend, and noticed this, but didn't know until I came across this video today that songs from Studio Ghbili's My Neighbor Totoro had become the official departure melody for the station from Nov. 3. Appropriate as the scenes from the movie were inspired by locales in that area of Saitama.
  2. I have long ignored the Seibu Railway, perhaps because it's located in an area far from my usual haunts in southern Tokyo/Kanagawa Pref. However my growing interest in the shrinking number of flat junctions as well as the recent establishment of through running on the Toyoko Line have sparked some curiousity in this major suburban railway. Tokorozawa is the heart of this railway, being the junction of the Ikebukuro and Shinjuku Lines. The view from the south end is especially interesting- in the following video, the left side is the Ikebukuro Line, with the flyover in the distance, the middle are layover tracks, and the far right is the Shinjuku Line. All of this is crossed by a road in the foreground, making for an interesting train watching scene: The following zooms into the Ikebukuro Line portion during the evening rush. You can see the variety of rolling stock that uses this line, including Tokyo Metro stock. Station announcements as well as destination indicators on the trains makes for easy identification:
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