KAZE TO KUMO TO NIJI TO
Kaze to Kumo to Niji to (Wind and Clouds and Rainbows) was released on the 17th of August, 2014 and was the Fourth Update of the Middle Way. The main city featured in this update is the capital of Okaiken, Okami. In the update, it was still referred as Okashi and for that I will refer to the city as "Okashi".
Chiyoda is the known as the "Financial Centre" of Okaiken. It is also one of the most dense areas in Okaiken and also around the world. Built on the final bend of the Sumida River before it empties to Okashi Bay. The origins of the area can be traced to the early Honda Period, where the young second shogun, Honda Shigetomo, established the city of Okashi in 1620. Shigetomo is prominently displayed on the 5000 En bill.
This is within the vicinity of the Kawaguchi Park. This park was built after a great earthquake struck the city in 1921, killing more than 15,000 people. The park was once the site of a canal that connected from the Sumida River to the imperial palace, which is located at the end of the park. The moat of the imperial palace still exist today.
The vicinity at night.To the centre-right of the image you will see a neoclassical structure. This is the Stock Market of Okaiken. Inside, a giant computer server that replaced the brokers in 2003 can be seen. The complex itself is prohibited to the public, due to the number of people using the park as well as for security reasons.
View of the Marina Area, with a look of East Chiyoda and the twin towers of Okashi. More info can be found below.
A view of the Nikkan Building and the Chiyoda People Mover. The People Mover was built in 2004 to relieve congestion in the narrow Chiyoda Highway and the Isshindori.
Another view of the Nikkan Building.
City Landscape of Chiyoda.
This district is where the newest buildings are built. There are still a few houses that remained in the area, but it is set to be replaced with a large convention center in the coming years.
The International Finance Complex was built in 2006 with collaboration between Sankoushi Holdings and the Central Planning Committee of Okashi. It reclaimed more than 45000 square metres of land from the Sumida River, creating the now popular riverwalk as well as the Okaiken Museum of Modern Art, which can be found on the bottom-right of the image.
An overview of Chiyoda.
Located across the Sumida River, Oyame is a bustling mix of residential and commercial neighborhoods. Before it was developed in the 1930s, Oyame was an unhabitable marshland. In 1945, Under the Governor of Okashi, Inoue Kazutoyo, the marshland is filled and developed into a residential and commercial district. However, a road connection to Chiyoda has yet to be built due to the constant protests by the citizens. A Shinkansen and Metro connection has been built across the river, however.
Shimoda Station, originally built 1919, is now one of the majorstations that connect Okashi to the rest of the country. The stations contains 4 platforms for the Shinkansen, 2 platforms for elevated track, 2 platforms for rail and another 8 platforms of subways. Although it is not as busy as the other major station, Shimoda, the station is usually full during rush hour. The current station complex was built in 1979.
Just like the previous update, this one also uses a Taiga Drama theme song (Kaze to Kumo to Niji to) by Yamamoto Naozumi, who also composed the music for the 1988 Taiga Drama "Takeda Shingen", which is one of my favourite opening theme music. I find this update to be similar to what is being described in this update, hence I used this music.
©1976 NHK. I do not own the music and using it in educational purposes. Not for commercial distribution.
INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
The original update (Update IV) can be found in Simtropolis. This entry does not contain the original story, which will be kept in the Simtropolis Update. For more information, please see the link below.