I miss this Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower view

The Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower view was pretty memorable. Did you know it? It was in Nishi-Shinjuku. The building is iconic, but it became even more so at sunset. My regret about it was that I never got it perfect. I got close to it, but no cigar!

Originally I wanted to capture a skyscraper. There are many in Tokyo, and any of them would have done. I didn’t have to look far. In the end, I chose Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower.  I’ve photographed it a lot already. You’ve probably seen other articles about it on this blog. But this time, I found a new angle.

What was good about this view?

While I was researching this spot, I realized something. It offered a lot. There were other skyscrapers. And if you waited, the sunset could make it special. Plus you could even get light trails once the evening shadows deepened.

The light trails were amazing.  Do you know the ramp that goes down to Shinjuku Station’s west exit?  It is roughly oval, vaguely resembling a pair of glasses.  What a great photo!  Getting these two elements together made me happy.

I like this scene as it is beautiful, especially at sunset.  But, in a long-exposure photo?  It gets taken to another level.  The light trails add more interest.

Where was this Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower view?

It was in the Odakyu Department Store. There was a fabulous spot on its eleventh floor. You could put your camera into a hidden corner and no one would see you. But notice I said, “was.” Unfortunately, it is now closed for a couple of years at least.

The store is undergoing renovations! I don’t know how much the interior will change.  If you know, please share any information you have.


I have a feeling of deep regret about this photo.  It was the result of my first and only visit to Odakyu. I left disappointed. Some clouds would have been nice.  The post-processing was lacking too.

I want to photograph this Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower view again.  That mightn’t happen because I don’t know what the building interior will be like when it reopens. Will that corner spot be there? We need to wait and see.

Anyway, we need to take photos as often as we can.  We never know what will happen in the future.  Conditions and circumstances change.  Second chances don’t always happen.  You can leave your comments and questions below.

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