Directed by Michel Gondry. It is an adaptation of the short story comic "Cecil and Jordan in New York" by Gabrielle Bell.
Hiroko and Akira (Ayako Fujitani and Ryō Kase) are a young couple from the provinces who arrive in Tokyo with limited funds, short-term lodging and what appears to be a solid and mutually supportive relationship that will seemingly carry them through any challenge. Akira is an aspiring filmmaker whose debut feature will soon screen in the city — and hopefully lead to a more solid career; in the interim, he lands work wrapping gifts at a local department store. After securing short-term housing in the cramped studio apartment of old school chum Akemi (Ayumi Ito) — a career girl with a demanding boyfriend who grows weary of Akemi's houseguests — Hiroko hits the streets of Tokyo in search of a suitable apartment, finding a series of rat-infested hovels that neither she nor Akira can afford on their limited salaries. After Akira's film screens to dubious acclaim, one spectator informs Hiroko of the inherent struggles in relationships between creative types: often, one half of a couple feels invisible, useless, or unappreciated, something Hiroko relates to wholeheartedly in the wake of her numerous trials and tribulations in the unfamiliar city of Tokyo. She starts to question her role in the relationship, resulting in a startling transformation in which she turns into a wooden chair, and is taken in by a young man.
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Japan's oldest monorail, which has operated at a Tokyo zoo since 1957, made its final run on Thursday, with fans bidding a fond farewell ... to take pictures and board the two-car-monorail that runs 330 meters between western and eastern parts of Tokyo Zoological Gardens.
TOKYO - The following are trains and flights scheduled to be suspended due to a powerful typhoon that is on course to strike Tokyo and other areas of eastern Japan this weekend ... JR trains Tokyo metropolitan area, from 9 a.m ... Local trains in Tokyo, surrounding areas ... Tokyo Monorail .
In preparation, Tokyo had undergone one of the most explosive urban transformations in history, including the construction of 10,000 office and residential buildings, 100 km of superhighways, a $55 million monorail from the airport into downtown Tokyo, four new five-star hotels, and a billion-dollar bullet train.
According to the Tokyo metropolitan government, about 1.1 million passengers use the monorail annually ... Ueno Zoo is run by the Tokyo Zoological ParkSociety, while the monorail is operated by the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo metropolitan government.