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Lost in Translation

panasonic TZ10 zs7 lumix


On a hot and humid night earlier this month we headed to the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku. We had lunch there once before, but this was our first time taking in the night view from the top. This hotel was the setting for Lost in Translation starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.

We went to the New York Grill on the 52nd floor initially. When we found out there was a 2,200 yen (about $25) cover charge each, we opted for The Peak Lounge on the 41st floor instead.

The above photo was the view from our table. This is facing north. You can see Shinjuku Chuo Park in the center and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to the right.

We walked back to Shinjuku Station a little after 11 p.m. Part of the west side of the station was filled with homeless people sleeping side by side, many with boxes over their heads to keep out the light and noise. I’ve seen plenty of homeless people before, but this was most unusual. There were dozens of them lined up in neat rows with hundreds of waking people walking down the aisles between them that they had left for us to get back inside the train station.

I took this picture with my TZ10 and left the shutter open for 8 seconds.

7 Responses to “Lost in Translation”

  1. 1
    carolyUSA:

    Loved that movie, especially for the street scenes of Tokyo! I wanted to go to that hotel when I was there both times, but never did. I am glad you took a great shot of the city even if on a lower floor than where the movie shots were taken. What a maze of lights. I am wondering if you carry a tripod into places like this or if you find a steady resting place for your camera instead? This is a very beautiful night shot!

  2. 2
    acase:

    I don’t have a tripod. This photo was taken while the camera was resting on a ledge pressed up against the glass window.

  3. 3
    boom nisanart:

    Nice view of the city !!!!

  4. 4
    Sharon (Phoenix Daily Photo):

    This view is fantastic! Beautiful shot.

  5. 5
    Steve:

    Is the Peak Lounge the same one as in the movie?

  6. 6
    acase:

    I’m pretty sure they were in the New York Grill in the movie, but it has been a while since I have seen it. I’ll need to rent it again now that I’ve been there.

  7. 7
    Shinjuku:

    Lost in translation, never did like the movie, But the hotel rocks, nice picture btw.