Mapping Tokyo

The Shinjuku ward’s skyline, as seen from the Tokyo Tower observation deck. No matter where you look, the view surrounding the tower is the same – city stretching out as far as the eye can see.

Tokyo, the world’s largest and most densely populated metropolitan center, has often been called a “city of villages.” While this might sound strange, it makes real sense to me the more I walk around this great city.

Amid Tokyo’s many densely populated urban wards, many “koen” – Japanese gardens – provide a sense calm, and a reminder of the city’s past.

On days off from school, I’ve often picked a train station at random and spent hours exploring a previously unknown neighborhood. One of my favorite things about this city is the fact that around any corner you might find a temple that is hundreds of years old, a Japanese garden that belonged to a wealthy samurai during Japan’s feudal-era, or you might just find a 7-story electronics store and arcade.

The Tokyo Sky Tree, on the left, stands opposite the famous Asahi Corporation company. Asahi own a major Japanese newspaper, but their primary product is beer – hence the golden yellow building.

Another view of the Asahi building, along with a famous statue that sits next to it, as seen from the Sumida river. The Sumida has played an important role in the development of Tokyo throughout history.

One of the reasons that Tokyo has become a “city of villages” is because while earthquakes, fires, and bombings have all continually re-shaped the city, it has continued to re-build with an eye toward the future. Meanwhile, Tokyo has also maintained important links to the past, through parks, temples and other sacred historical places.

A lone building breaks the skyline above a beautiful field in one of Tokyo’s many Japanese gardens. Japanese gardens typically feature a pond, sculpted gardens, and often a shinto shrine.

In fact, a great deal of history can be found just by investigating the names of the different train stations – each of which is named after the neighborhood it resides in. For instance, 高田馬場 (TakadaNoBaba) is a word made up of four different kanji characters. The first character, 高 (taka) means “high.” 田 (da) means “rice field,” 馬 (noba) means “horse” and the final character, 場 (ba) means “place.” So what kind of nonsense is “high rice-field horse place” and what does it have to do with history? Well, when Tokyo was first built, it was divided into what was called the “High City” and the “Low City.” The High City was on higher ground, and safer from flooding and the stink of the fish market. The Low City was, well, the opposite – and you guessed it, the rich samurai lived in the High City while fisherman and other common people lived in the Low City. The neighborhood now known as Takadanobaba was in the high city, surrounded by rice fields – and as for the “horse place,” that’s where it really gets interesting. Traditional Japanese archery, which was a very important tradition for samurai, was practiced on horseback. Takadanobaba is where archery was practiced in old Tokyo, and so it is where many samurai families kept their horses stabled.

This section of a screen panel, painted with a map of what was then present-day Edo, is more than two-hundred years old. This section of the panel is the area which is still called what it was called then – Takadanobaba.

Takadanobaba isn’t the neighborhood that I live in, but as it is a part of the area where I go to school each day, I feel a strong connection to it. It is also the area where I first stayed in Tokyo, in a hotel, for a week after arriving. Isn’t it interesting how quickly we can feel a connection to certain places? In fact, even though Takadanobaba is not the center of Tokyo, in my mental map of the city, it is – simply because it was my first real impression of the city, with everything that I learned afterward spreading outward from there. I think this fits with something that Japan scholar Paul Waley once said about Tokyo: “It’s a city where you make your own map.”

What do you think he meant by that? If you were to draw your own map of Portland, marking only the places that you think are important, what would it look like?

Tokyo has 23 special “wards,” such as Shinjuku and Meguro, and within them many neighborhoods, such as Takadanobaba. Each neighborhood has its own unique history, and plays a special role in Tokyo’s overall character. Ginza, for instance, is the home to Tokyo’s grand kabuki theaters. Nearby Marunouchi, meanwhile, contains both the Imperial Palace, as well as Tokyo Station – both of which I’ve told you about in a previous post. Another place we’ve talked about is Yanaka, which has survived earthquakes and bombings to become one of Tokyo’s oldest and most unchanged neighborhoods.

Yanaka is full of stray cats, and the shop owners and neighborhood residents have adopted these famous felines.

Walking through the section of Yanaka known as “old Ginza,” with my classmates.

We’ve also talked about Ryogoku, the neighborhood famous for being the home of Tokyo’s grand sumo arena. Isn’t it interesting how many neighborhoods in Tokyo are defined by cultural or commercial activities? Well, it’s no coincidence: Japan used to have a caste system, meaning that people of different professions had different levels of respect and opportunity within society. Old Japan wasn’t a place where anyone could do whatever they wanted; most people were born into the same profession as their parents, and they were stuck with it.

A sumo wrestler leaves Ryogoku Sumo Arena, after finishing his match. Lower ranking wrestlers ride the train home, just like everyone else.

People who worked in professions that dealt with death – butchers, funeral directors – were always considered the lowest people in society, and therefore the funeral industry in Tokyo is all located in Yanaka. Because people didn’t want to associate with these workers, they were all forced to live in one area, near the graveyards, for many, many years. Even though the caste system is long abolished in Japan, its influence on Tokyo’s geography can still be felt.

Kabuki actors, now famous and highly paid, were also once considered to be lower class, at the same level as prostitutes – in fact, hundreds of years ago, many of the kabuki actors were also prostitutes in addition to being actors. While times have changed, the kabuki and all of the surrounding excitement remains in Ginza, a neighborhood that was once place where the wealthy would sneak in and out of for fear of being seen.

This life-sized replica of the original Tokyo Kabuki-Za (kabuki theater) sits in the Edo-Tokyo Museum.

I snapped this picture last week, at Tokyo’s National Kabuki Theater in Ginza, just before a performance.

Japan’s national history, as much as Tokyo’s own incredible history, have influenced how the city’s many neighborhoods and districts have formed, changed and grown throughout the years. While natural and man-made catastrophes have helped to shape the city, its residents have unsentimentally managed to constantly rebuild, one village at a time.

I always feel as though I’m a resident of Tokyo, but at the same time, I never feel that I’m in Tokyo – when I step off of the train, I’m in Meguro, or Shibuya, or Harajuku – each of these places has its own distinctive feeling and mood. And while one can walk and not know exactly where one place ends and another begins, the fact that everyone in Tokyo travels by train greatly influences how we experience these many little villages that make up the massive city called Tokyo.

This entrance to a mall in Harajuku’s famous shopping district is covered with reflective mirrors. It must be a famous mall – in the background you can see a couple having their wedding pictures taken.

In modern times, no single thing has been as important in defining the “map” of Tokyo as the system of trains and subways. When meeting friends for dinner or karaoke, going shopping or out to see kabuki or sumo, there is only one thing that people talk about: What station is it closest to? I’ve never once heard people talk about street names or addresses during my entire time in Tokyo.

And with so many train stations and so many different lines, you can bet that there’s always one nearby, no matter where you find yourself on the Tokyo map.

A map of Tokyo’s rail system.

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61 Responses to Mapping Tokyo

  1. Rebecca says:

    Very cool. As a child under driving age, I don’t often have to navigate my city. My parents do most of this for me. My map of Portland would be restricted to my house, my school and one of my friend’s houses (all walking distance) then, marked random far distances away on the map, more of my friends’ houses, my grandma’s house, my mom’s work, and some restaurants. Then way out near the edge of the paper there are things like my mom’s friends’ houses, grocery stores, parks, things that seem to exist only in themselves, not for the landscape around them. None of these things are connected with streets or subways or even lines, because I have no idea how to get to any of them if I had to go there myself.
    Very cool pictures of buildings and areas…some of the gardens remind me of central park in New York. How do they compare in size? I haven’t been to New York since second grade but I remember that central park was quite a few blocks in length. Gardens tend to be smaller than parks but if they have ponds, trees, and fields they will naturally be large and roomy.
    Lastly, you mentioned the beer plant. What is that statue out in front of it supposed to be? It slightly resembles steam rising from a cup, which fits with the theme, except I think beer is usually served cold. Is it just abstract, having nothing to do with the building? In Portland there was a building that used to be a music store, so it had a big mural of jazz musicians and violins and rainbows and such on the side. Then some wireless electronics company bought the building, but kept the mural, even though it now had nothing to do with the store. It works to popularize the store though, it will always be ‘that building with the cool painting.’ is that beer-foam statue anything like that?

    • Josh says:

      Rebecca, thanks for the great comment and questions. The parks in Tokyo are all much, much smaller than Central Park, and each of them are different in their own ways. However, they are often so, so beautiful and much older than Central Park, of course. Have you been to the Japanese Garden in Portland? If not, you should try to go sometime!
      The Asahi building is not a beer plant, just to be clear; it’s the headquarters of the Asahi corporation, who produce beer and also own a newspaper that is very big in Japan. They don’t actually make beer there though. As for the statue…the building itself is supposed to represent beer, but the smaller statue is supposed to be a flame. It was designed by a French architect and is supposed to represent the “burning heart of Asahi beer’s frothy head,” according to Wikipedia. However, I have heard what some people in Tokyo call it, and it would probably hurt the architect’s feelings if he heard it!
      Some younger people call it the “Golden Poo” – gross, but funny.

  2. my map would be my house with a shop right next to it called city market. there would also be little big burger, a restaurant, and also powells, a lasertag place, the library, my friends’ houses, and some other places would be on it.

    • Josh says:

      Haru, thanks for the great comment! You must live in the downtown area. I love Little Big Burger also; in fact, you just made me a little bit homesick for a good hamburger! Are there any places on your ‘map’ that you have never actually explored but maybe wondered about? Places you see and notice, but don’t really understand much about?

  3. Danny says:

    My center of my map would be my house. Along the street there are some friendly neighbors. If you move farther out you can see my friend’s house a couple streets away, and some restaurants and a little plaza in the middle of Forest Heights. Then there’s my bus stop, and a park with a pond with ducks in it (the baby ducks are really cute!). More friend’s houses and Forest Park Elementary also are in the map, and then more stores and restaurants.

    • Josh says:

      Thanks for the great comment, Danny. Your mention of the ducks reminded me of a famous Japanese novel called “The Wild Geese.” Do you ever get lost and feel a little bit panicked until you figure out where something on your ‘map’ is again?

  4. sona says:

    If I were going to make a map of Portland I would make it as big a possible so that i could fit in all of the great places in it. All of the place that i have been and have thought was awesome would be colored in blue. Like Voodoo doughnuts (i actually haven’t been in it but i love their
    doughnuts) and I Love Sushi and Sushi Land ( I really like sushi) and Portland City Grill (yes, i do
    love food) and Pump It Up and all of the Subways and Washington Square Mall, and Baskin’ Robins and Jamba Juice and Century Theater 16 and Coldstone and Justice ( a clothing shop) and Twist and Powells and Barnes and Nobels and Futsol. I love Portland a lot. 🙂

    • Josh says:

      Sona, what an exciting map you’ve got! It’s okay, I love food quite a lot also – at least you’ve got Futsol on there as well, so you can get plenty of exercise to stay healthy! Futsol is a very, very fun activity, isn’t it?
      Would there be any places on your map that represent things you don’t like? Or that you don’t really know about, but that you notice frequently?

  5. kevin says:

    My map of Portland would probably have all the places in Portland my family members live in, my favorite places to eat, arcades, stores such as GameStop, frozen yogurt places, swimming pools, gyms for basketball, and lastly the public library.

    • Josh says:

      Kevin, thanks for your great comment. I’m glad that you included the Public Library – when I was a little kid, the Public Library probably would have been the center of my map. It was even more important than home to me, because I would go there each day after school and read the newspaper and part of a book while I waited for my Mom to finish work and pick me up.
      Reading all of those newspapers must be why I want to be a journalist!

  6. Kees says:

    I think a map of Portland would very from person to person. Although my map would include many recreational. A big place on my map would be Concordia university, this is because their soccer field is my home stadium. Another big thing would be my house because to me, my house is a monument. One last big thing would be my best friend Nelson’s house, because I have been to his house countless times.

    • Josh says:

      Kees, thanks for the great comment. I think you point out a very good point here – maps very from person to person. While there might be an ‘official’ map of Portland, that you can buy at a gas station or find online, the way that we each think about Portland is going to be different depending on our experience, our lives, and many other factors.

  7. Kees says:

    Recreational places, sorry

  8. Annie says:

    I would have my house, sweet cream (the frozen yogurt place), tea zone ( a really good bubble tea place, the pool where I swim, powells books, my friends houses, and the park down the street from my house

  9. Justin says:

    My map of Portland would be a Basketball zone, a zone with just food, some unique Portland attractions zone and a video games zone. Basketball zone will be in the top right section, food zone in top left, video games zone in bottom right and attractions zone in bottom left section.

  10. Lilith says:

    Blah. Second time trying to send a comment. Anyways, my house would be at the centre of the map, and most things would be fairly far away. All my friends live on the outer-lands of the map, as well as Voodoo Doughnuts, Powells Books, the SkyTram, ACCESS Academy, Candy Babel, and the large gathering of food trucks. (Potato Champion, Koi Fusion, Whiffies, etc.) However, a few things would be close to me, such as the Pho place, (Pho Hung) TFAW, (Things From Another World [comic shop]) Costume Avenue (year-around costume/Halloween/prosthetics shop) and Bonnie Hayes Small Animal Shelter.

    • Josh says:

      Lilith, thanks for the great comment. I’m sorry that you’re having trouble posting comments! It sounds like you’ve got some fantastic places on your map. The gathering of food trucks – I think they call them Food Cart “pods”…does that sound right? – that you mention, at SE 12th and Hawthorne, are my favorite in town. I just love going to Potato Champion, then having some desert at Whiffies Pies.
      I think it’s great that you have such a diverse and wide-ranging map – you must get out of the house quite a lot!

  11. Duy says:

    My map of Portland would be my house, my friend’s houses, basketball courts, game zones, and everything else I would like and things other people would like. I think my map would be pretty big, and people might like it. My Portland is awesome, but normal Portland is already awesome enough.

    • Josh says:

      Duy, thanks for the great comment. I agree, Portland is pretty awesome, and I think it’s fantastic that your own personal Portland is even MORE awesome.

  12. Bebe says:

    My map isn’t very big, considering we live in a tucked away corner and its a 5-20 minute trip to downtown, and big things like that. My house, very close to Tigard, would be at the corner, with my friends houses a little bit away,(not too far). Then there would be a bunch of restaurants, our old house, a couple stores, the mall near my house, ACCESS Academy, Capitol Hill School, Bridlemile school, Markham School, Oaks Park, and the Nike Campus(my dad works there). Okay, it would be a little big. Some routes marked on there would be our bus route and the way to my friends houses.

    • Josh says:

      Bebe, thanks for the comment. Isn’t it interesting how sometimes we start out thinking that we don’t do very much, or don’t go very many places, but then when we really think about it, our ‘maps’ can get pretty big. We do a lot of things without even really thinking about it sometimes, don’t we?

  13. Edil says:

    In the center of my map of Portland, I would have my house and a tennis court that I’ve been playing at for years. It would also have Pancake House (a really good breakfast place), Justice (a clothing shop), Powell’s Books, Mio Sushi, SWCC (Southwest Community Center), Oregon Humane Society, Coldstone Creamery, U U (a frozen yogurt place), JD Pence (a place where you would get swimming accessories), Outback Steakhouse (my favorite steak place), and Pet Smart. I don’t know if this is really that important but i would add the location of the sign that says “Keep Portland Weird.”

    • Josh says:

      Edil, thanks for the great comment. One important point of this exercise is to get across the point that Portland, or any place, is really what we make of it. If you think of Lake Oswego as part of “your” Portland, then that’s just fine. Whatever is part of how you think about Portland is your own business : )

  14. Edil says:

    U U and the tennis court are in Lake Oswego but I don’t know if they would count.

  15. Molly says:

    In the center of my map would be my bedroom–my custom-made sanctuary and home base that magically detached itself from the rest of my house. Nearby is my house, my bus stop, the neighborhood playground where I go to read during the summer, the coffee shop and bakery a few blocks away from my house, New Seasons Market, Thai Spoon and Nuestra Cocina (two great restaurants), and my favorite library. Some other places would be in the center not because they’re close to my house, but because they’re important to me: my friends’ houses, my violin teacher’s house, and Roseway Heights (where MYS practices). A little farther away would be Intel where my dad works, the zoo, the Japanese Garden, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Riverplace Athletic Club (aka the swimming pool) and Lloyd Center. My favorite running routes as well as the path from my house to the places I can walk or bike to would be drawn in. I would draw in other paths that I go on often, but since I drive to those places, that’s my mom or dad using that information, not me!

  16. Ders says:

    Well, on my personal map I would of course have my house and school. I would also have my church, Lincoln high school (where the chess league is), my bus stop, my piano teacher’s house, Cedric’s house (LEGO Robotics), and not much else. I can’t really think of any thing right now.

  17. Sam says:

    My personal map would have my whole neighborhood because all my friends live in it. The next major thing to add to my map would be the Ross Island Bridge. That is probably the bridge in Portland I ride over most. On the other side of the bridge would be downtown Portland because it seems to be an important place for Portland’s Universities, Medical Research and a beginning to Portland because there is lots of freeways there with people going down and up it. Another one of favorite of my destinations is the North Clackamas Aquatics Center and the Sellwood Pool. I have a summer swim team that goes to Sellwood Pool and a winter swim team that goes to North Clackamas Aquatics Center.

  18. Simon says:

    My map would be centered on house, I would also include some neighbors that live across the street. Forest park is thew only school in my neighborhood. I would also probably include the bus stop and Mill Pond Park (same place). Some of the very important places in my neighborhood are Pizzicato and Starbucks, as they have good food.I would even include Design Studios, my old FTC meeting place and my new FTC place, someone’s garage. FTC is a robotic challenge. Outside my neighborhood, I would include markets with good food, also bridges that I use a lot, our school ACCESS, maybe Lincoln and other schools too. Omsi and the Zoo are also fun places, and Washington square too. Last, but not least I would include my yummy restaurants\.

  19. Huy says:

    My map would be mostly centered my house, the library, some stores, some of my relative’s houses, and obviously, ACCESS (I mostly stay at home so I haven’t had that many “landmarks” in Portland that I would include in my map).

  20. Noah says:

    The center of my map would be my house. about three blocks away, i would have a couple of coffee shops, a store, and a RadioShack. My friends house would be near that, and in the middle of nowhere out in Beaverton, would be a great noodle place called Noodles and my fencing center.

  21. Even though I don’t drive yet, I always seem to know my direction and can easily find my way around the city. Most of my map is based around the East side of the Colombia River. Like any other map, my house is just about the sun of my solar system. Sadly we do not have a subway system but we do have convenient bus, MAX train, and streetcar lines. I do know what a busy subway is like, after all, China has some of the most extensive subway lines and are now building the largest metro system in the world. I am a very busy kid with many extracurricular activities including piano, basketball, and math tutoring.
    The main landmarks would be ACCESS, my martial arts place, my swim team center, my basketball team’s basketball court, and a few libraries. My trigonometry tutoring place, my chinese class place, and my piano teacher’s house are on there too. Some of the locations are downtown while most are just around my area. Still, some are actually pretty far out, making my map extremely large. I really can’t wait to get my driver’s license so I don’t have to burden my parents with my different programs. It’s a tiring but very exciting life.
    I remember my last comment about education. You are quite right that different countries have different education systems to meet different needs. Even though we live in the US, my parents still have extremely high expectations. I may only be in 6th grade but I am already learning elements of pre-calculus. They want me to attempt to excel in everything I do, resulting in a lot of pressure. Then again, that pressure helps me too. In Japan, what do parents expect of their children? This may sound silly but do Japanese play video games a lot? If I did, my parents would get really mad at me.
    I also remember my question on the games of Japan. It is quite interesting that they play go. We also play go in China. I learned from my grandfather and I think I’m not too bad. As for pachinko, isn’t that similar to gambling? Is gambling such a craze as it is in the US? You also said there were pachinko parlors everywhere. Are those similar to casinos? And if they are, are the number of them in a city like that of Las Vegas?
    Learning about a totally different culture is so exciting! I have dozens of connections and questions but I don’t want them to be a burden. For my last question, I just wanted to know if cars are still popular as a method of transportation. It seems like the subways rule the city. In America, most transportation is done by car while in some cities of China, it is done by bike.
    My last bit doesn’t really have to do with Japan. It has to do with WordPress. Are the tabs at the top of the page done with pages? I also think you should write a little more about yourself in your tab. What do you like best about your trip? Why do you enjoy studying Japan? Just a few suggestions but I think they will let us get to Japan better.
    I love the amazing posts! Keep up with the visuals! Maybe a few more videos?

  22. Kees says:

    As I was sitting in Ms.McBride’s classroom, I was reading the blog when I made a very big personal connection. My connection was because of the amazing architecture in Japan. I connected this to my dad, who is an architect that designed many buildings in Portland. One of his buildings that you might recognize is the Nike factory store although he also designed my house.

  23. rowan132 says:

    I would say that half of my map would be food cart hot spots! Maybe it would have every ice cream
    place as a land mark! How big is Tokyo.

  24. Kees says:

    I tried to connect this image on my last post.

    There is an image of my house below

  25. Zeno says:

    My map would be like fog on a giant wall: I would only show my parents’ houses, ice cream stores, donut stores and pizza stores.

  26. Aaron says:

    My map would include my house, some of my friends houses (not all of them live close to me), Red Castle (a game store), and the park near my house.

  27. Jolie says:

    My map would have my house, Buckman arts focus elementary, The children’s museum, Northwest Children’s Theater, The waffle window, Fred Myers and Central catholic because I do cheer there.

  28. Giovanni says:

    In my map I would have my friends houses, The Hometown Buffet, a Park, any eatery, a basketball court, my house, a video game store, Fred Meyers, a video store, a computer store, a mechanic store, and the best college, a doughnut shop, a pizza shop, T.V shop, and also an arcade.

  29. gabriel says:

    My map of portland has my mom’s house as the most important place because when i was really young and i came to portland that was the first place i saw. The second most important place is my dads house because later when i lived in boston and i visited that was the place i saw all the time. Other than that my map includes my school my favorite resturants and a bunch of parks. And my friend oliver’s house who lives a few blocks away.

  30. Trevionn says:

    My map would be of a small colorless apartment, next to a 4-way crossway. Go down the hill and you would see a wore-down blue-green Buick with a small but visible windshield wiper. When you take a look to the right you will see a colorless door, with an overhanging awning. There is a net in the window so nobody can come in and out. If you see a mailbox with a number 17 on it. That is my apartment’s number. Thank you for this opportunity to tell you to about my apartment!!

  31. zephrym says:

    my map is my small house, the nickel arcade across the street, the houses of my family, and a forest. there would also be a small castle( I love medieval warfare).

  32. Sameer says:

    My map is our robotics meeting places, (my friend’s house & my house), some of my friend’s houses, Pizzicato and Starbucks, the Design Studio which was our old robotics meeting place, and our bus stop Mill Pond Park.

  33. Zaidie says:

    If I made a map of Portland it would include my house, my friends’ houses, my school, where I do violin in orchestra, where I have violin lessons, the school near my house, where I swim, where I do lego robotics, and maybe another few places that I go often. But since those are what I use in Portland those are the only places I need to know how to get to.

  34. Hannah W. says:

    My map of Portland would be huge! I have a ton of extra curricular activities, so I am spread out all over Portland. I am going to design my map, like a map of our solar system. The sun would be my house, because my day is mostly spent there finding my soccer stuff, doing homework, making a mess, reading, writing and so on. Mercury would be ACCESS, because it is the place closest to home (figuratively). Venus would probably be Laurelhurst, which is my old school. I think of it as Venus because it was my former paradise. Earth would be Buckman Field where PCU, (my soccer team) practices. Mars would be the Winged M, (MAC Club) where I go to swim, rock climb, sometimes play basketball, and to go to ski camp. Jupiter would be the Lloyd Center which is where I go skating. Saturn would be My Canh and Mandarin Cove, the two Chinese restaurants that my family loves to go to. Uranus would be Temple Beth Israel where I have to go to Hebrew school. And finally Neptune which would be all the theaters in Portland where I see productions.
    I have more places but that is all I can think of.

  35. Sophia says:

    In the center of my map would be my house. Then, there would be KFC, a chinese resteraunt called the Ambassador, and Seven Eleven. Then, there would be my piano teacher’s house, my bus stop, my closest family friends, and Grant Park. Then, there would be my little sister’s school, Whole Foods, and QFC. Also, there is a Trader Joe’s, a Bowling Alley, and a Sushi and frozen yogurt place. I have a lot of things within walking distance of my house.

  36. Greta says:

    My map would have chateau du aubergine ( eggplant house in French, since our house is purple and green) including the tree house, and all of my favorite shops, like the candy store and tea house. Also, oaks park, or more specifically the rink! I joined the Oaks Skating Club one year ago. In artistic roller skating, you do figures, loops on the floor, freestyle/free-dance, and dance which is the old fashioned skating to waltzes and foxtrots, which is what i do. And to top it off, my friends houses because I love being there with them.

  37. Elise says:

    My house would be the middle of my map, and there would be a lot of Subway sandwhich shops. Then there would be the park where my soccer team practices. There would be a frozen yogurt shop which is near my house. There would also be a place called Amalfi’s that is an amazing italian restraunt. And last, there would be Lloyd center mall where I love to go with my friends!

  38. Anandi says:

    My map of Portland wouldn’t have too many things on it. The main thing on my map would be my house and my best friend who lives next door’s house, and all of my friends that live close to me. A little ways off would be all of the stores I like that are on the busy street, the grocery store I always go to (New Seasons) and the Sellwood Park that is two blocks away from my house. Farther off would be the houses of my friends that live far away. Then would be my school. I don’t really go out and explore Portland, so my map would not have too many things on it.

  39. Ms. McBride says:

    My map of Portland would include my local library (where I love to check out free movies!), ACCESS Academy, my home, my daughter’s violin teacher, the studio where I teach yoga, a bike shop, and the knitting shop on Broadway. Well, that’s my late autumn map, I think it would be a really different map in the summertime!

  40. Lyla says:

    If I was going to make a map of Portland, it wouldn’t be very big. The center of my map would be my house. My friends’ houses would be in my map. I would have all of the restaurants that I like (sushi, pizza, thai food, frozen yogurt, and smoothie restaurants, and more), I would have Lloyd Center Mall, my Taekwondo and Acting studios, my school, a grocery store, some fun places to go to, such as a roller skating rink, a pool, a movie theater (even though Lloyd Center has one), a library and a nail and hair salon. I would probably have more places on my map, but I can’t really think of them right now.

  41. Charlotte L says:

    If I were to make a map of Portland, I would for sure include Powells, Goodwill, my two houses and my friends’, ACCESS, Cherry Sprout (an awesome local grocery store), and FOR SURE the bus stops! Without them, I would never be able to go ANYWHERE even vaguely far away!

  42. Julie says:

    My map of Portland is simple. I would probably have my house in the center of the whole map. I would put places that really mean something to me like my relatives houses or my friends houses. I’d put places that I just like to go to like the swimming pool, mall, and tons of other stuff. Of course I would put more places on but there’s to much awesomeness in Portland!

  43. Anna says:

    The center of my map would be my house. My map would show my neighborhood with a lot of details. ( friend’s houses, shortcuts, nosy neighbors to avoid, ect) Farther out would be Access, more friend’s houses, and my grandma’s neighborhood. My ballet studio and the shops near it would be there too.

  44. Ashok says:

    If I were to make a personal map, it would include my house, ACCESS, my old school CLASS Academy, my piano teacher’s house, the YMCA, the Rose Garden for the blazer games, and the robotics meeting place (Sameer’s house).

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