Senjyu river side, Ghost chimneys

Winter

The Senju thermal power station had four enormous smokestacks became a symbol of the area. It often featured in Japanese movies and books of the time. This image is in fact a tribute to the movie director Ozu Yasujiro. This small monument stands in the area where the “ghost chimneys” were. The smoke that would rise from the smokestacks every once in a while looked somewhat like a ghost.

Notes

The Senju Thermal Power Station (千住火力発電所) was a power plant in Tokyo that existed on the banks of the Sumida River from 1926 to 1963. The plant is still somewhat famous in Japan because of its “Ghost Chimneys”, which became a symbol of the area. The Senju thermal power station had four enormous smokestacks and these were called the “Ghost Chimneys” (Obake-Entotsu) by residents of the area. Depending on the angle you’re looking at them from, the number of smokestacks would change to anything from one to four.

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