Japanese traditional stage arts are sometimes hard for foreigners. But some such as this form of Nihon Buyo are a pure delight. Nichibu is very theatrical, halfway between theater and pure danse. Performers, both men and women (contrary to kabuki allowing only men on stage) are dressed in wonderful costumes, are accompanied by singers and […]

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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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Tokyo Tower’s first observation decks at dusk. The lights have just been turned on, and the sky turns pink. In the distance on this beautiful day you may see the silhouettes of those enjoying the view on the city from the roof of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. This is one of the best spots […]

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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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A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit Pasona’s offices in Tokyo, to take some pictures for a French newspaper. This company specializes in human ressources and has its offices located right in the center of Tokyo, not far from Tokyo Station. They have developped an original working environment, based on the “office […]

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Modern architecture in Japan can be very surprising sometimes. One of the best examples being FujiTV in Odaiba, a gigantic structure featuring the iconic giant titanium sphere in which one can climb, since it hosts the observation deck of the building. Unfortunately, as often in Japan, this facility opens too late in the morning and […]

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Shinjuku station is one of the busiest stations in the world. According to Wikipedia, in 2007 an average of a little bit more than 3.5 million passengers a day was handled in this maze of corridors counting 36 platforms (in the station, 51 if you include the connexions made possible through the underground passages to […]

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Right after the new year’s eve you’ll see many of those lions wandering in many shrines in Japan. If they bite your head, that’ll bring you luck for the year to come. Gear used: hmmm… taken a long time ago with a D700 probably :)

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Japan is often described as a very modern country; this is sometimes true, but actually, many “oldies” subsist. Some make me crazy, like the intensive use of fax machines. Some others are more fascinating, such as the perfect maintenance of those old tramway carriages in Nagasaki. This picture was taken a few years ago, and […]

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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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Now me and my older daughter are quite well known at our local sushi restaurant. We get there as often as we can, probably once a week on average. Last time we went I ordered “uni” (sea urchin). I like those a lot, but I usually don’t order them in any restaurant as they can […]

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It’s now around 5:30, and it’s already night. The snow keeps falling so much that it breaks some branches in trees here and there. In Sugamo, the Jizo Bosatsu in Shinshoji gets a white hat. Gear used: Fujifilm XT-2 + 56mm f/1.2

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