Just a few fresh hand-made soba, a shoyu-based soup… simplicity is often a good choice. If you’re in Tokyo try to take some time to have a walk around Jindaiji, not very far from Kichijoji or Mitaka (you can plan a visit of the Ghibli museum on the same day for instance). There is a […]

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Some places in Tokyo seem to live only at night. I have been fascinated by this yakitori restaurant near Kasuga for a while. In the day it looks creepy, has its awful iron curtain closed, and seems almost decayed, abandoned. But at dusk the owner steps in and turns on the light… and the place […]

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The snow has its own magic, and manages to make everything beautiful. Even those parking machines turn look fantastic in this snowy night. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f/2.8

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I have a love and hate relationship with those urban highways crossing Tokyo. Seen from the ground they are ugly and literally killed some historic areas such as Nihonbashi. They are very expensive as well. But they are super convenient… and in the night, they look great. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f/2.8

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Haneda is the most convenient airport if you plan to visit Japan… or Tokyo at least. Narita is bigger, has more flights to Europe or Northern America, but is also quite far from Tokyo. You’ll need a good train ride to reach the city center, whereas from Haneda it only takes a short ride on […]

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Climbing to the 69th floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower offers a breathtaking view on Tokyo. People tend to focus on the Tokyo Tower side, seemingly forgetting that the observation floor offers a 360° view on the city. The other sides are less popular, but really worth it, and usually far less crowded. Next […]

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The day had been crystal clear, and the sunset should have been amazing. When we arrived on the 69th floor of the Landmark Tower in Yokohama, clouds were already arriving from the west, announcing the rainy day we were about to experience the day after. But instead of ruining the view, those early clouds made […]

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I was on my bicycle, riding to a friend’s café. I know a shortcut, through a beautiful cemetery. The streets here are very narrow, but I know most of them. At least I believed. I took the wrong turn, entered an alley I did not know and found myself in a beautiful shrine I had […]

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Here and there tiny fragments of the old city can be seen. Global modernity and the general frenzy for new things cannot mask everything, and these nostalgic scenes can be seen here and there. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + 35mm f/1.4

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Yokohama hosts a very big and colorful Chinatown known as Motomachi Chukagai. In its streets, many chinese restaurants, a lot of things to eat on the streets. And this temple, named “Emperor Guan’s shrine in Yokohama”. Visually it is wonderful, very different from all you’ll see in Japan. And very similar to all those you […]

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Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori hosts many “kawai” shops full of fancy colorful things. And also some candy shops proposing this kind of big rainbow cotton candy… “Very Harajuku” indeed :) Gear used: Fujifilm XT2 + 35mm f/1.4

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I am a big fan of Marunouchi. I like this area. I like its harmony, its buildings, and above all I love how the beautiful Tokyo Station contrasts with its environment. An old horizontal building among a forest of vertical modern structures. An orange-red construction among dark blue building, bricks against steel and glass, old […]

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