Driving back from Chiba through the Aqualine offers some of the most splendid views on Tokyo. Umihotaru, a service area located right in the middle of the Tokyo Bay allows to take a rest, eat and drink something and enjoy the view. If only crossing the Aqualine could be a little bit cheaper… Gear used: […]

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The lakes in the Mount Fuji area may be seen as “too” classic and too touristic. But everytimes I get there, I’m surprised to see that the magic still works, provided you arrive before the hordes of tourists. But this is not too demanding however: be there between 7 am and 9 am, or after […]

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Tokyo has a very unique vegetal life. Parks and gardens are carefully organized according to seasonality, are maintained by highly skilled gardeners. But in the past, not so long ago, people used to have small gardens and planted a few trees. The price of land became too expansive for this kind of luxury I guess, […]

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A woman wearing a kimono walks across the tramway tracks near Otsuka station in Tokyo. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + 90mm f/2

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I was really happy to wake up in the night… we were going to see the cherry blossoms at Chureito Pagoda, in Fujiyoshida! I left home before 4 am, picked up Gonzague on the way and took the highway, straight to Fujiyoshida. We arrived at 6 am, found the parking area and faced a guy […]

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Life is full of surprises… I just had a coffee with a friend and we wondered which metro station would be the most convenient. We opted for Shibakoen station on the Mita line, walked in this direction, and ran into a wonderful procession going to Zojoji temple. Many people, priests, kids, all wih colorful traditional […]

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Train platforms are a perfect place to watch people in their everyday life; and ads displayed on those platforms make this daily routine sometimes much funnier, adding some contrast to the global picture; such as this very formally and well dressed gentleman waiting for his train, adjusting his shirt’s collar while the guy in the […]

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Yasukuni jinja is famous for many reasons… good and bad ones alike. When it comes to sakura however there is no controversy since this temple hosts THE sakura used as a reference to announce the starting of the “hanami” season every spring. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f/2.8

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When spring comes many areas in Tokyo are worth visiting. Most of them, really nice, are packed with people… making it rather painful if your goal is to enjoy a piece of natural beauty. Many more confidential, less-known areas become way more interesting. The absolute best of them in my opinion being the Shakuji river, […]

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Japanese graveyards are really interesting places. Roads and alleys run through them, there are no gates, and sometimes even little parks with slides and swings for the kids. And in spring people come here to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms in these extraordinary atmospheres. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f/2.8

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This winter has been cold, and the lack of isolation in japanese houses makes it even more painful every year. Thus, when the first warm days of spring arrive, one suddenly feels nice, releived. With my daughters, we love spending such cool days by the seaside, enjoying the sun, the view, playing on the beach… […]

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How do you like your country’s taxis ? Here in Japan they are just amazing. The cars are always clean, they won’t try to invent long and fancy ways to take you to your destination. And above all, even when you order a car in advance, they won’t start the meter before you’re actually in […]

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