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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If you like skiing, you can take one of these trains. The Hokuriku Shinkansen will take you north, through the mountains and straight to a few ski stations easily accessible from Tokyo. Karuizawa is only one hour away and is perfect for kids and beginners. Enthusiasts can stay on the same train and alight a […]

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Shall we see in this picture what Japan’s future may look like ? Probably. The rapidly aging and decreasing population on the one side an the local fascination for robotics on the other side may tend to generalize this kind of human-machine interactions. Many “jobs” or positions might be attributed to human-shaped robots able to […]

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Boarding a Shinkansen is always a pleasure. Even at peak season, with crowded platforms and lots of travelers to handle, JR manages to offer a smooth service. On the platform everybody waits in line, without complaining or trying to cut the line. Trains are always on time and clean (inside and outside); and the staff […]

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The autumn colors are gone, already, but many good memories remain. This year I particularly enjoyed Happo-en. Small in size, but rich in delights, this garden offers a couple of rest-houses extremely well placed. Just taking a seat and enjoying the view makes the experience almost perfect. This very morning the light had something special. […]

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Most European cities are based on “horizontality”. In places like Paris for instance, building anything above 6 storeys is really hard and requires a lot of paperwork. This is made to preserve the global harmony of the city. Thus, to locate shops and businesses you do not have to raise your eyes very high: everything […]

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We went to the World Trade Center building in Hamamatsucho to get a nice view on the Tokyo Tower. Despite horrific windows (scratched and covered with a filtering film of some sort) this place used to offer a fantastic 360° view on Tokyo. No more… as this huge building is being erected righ in front […]

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Japan loves baseball, and built many stadiums around the country to host a very popular championship. In Tokyo the Tokyo dome was built for this purpose. Right in the city center. Going there is always a unique experience, even if you’re not a big fan of baseball. Atmosphere, supporters songs and cheers, beer-girls patrolling the […]

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Rikugien hosts a couple of tea houses opened for some occasions and allowing visitors to enjoy a cup of tea and some local delicacies. This one was being prepared in the morning, just before the first customers were allowed in. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX 50S + 63mm f/2.8

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I’ve seen this nun standing there almost everyday for… many years now. She is literally part of Jizo dori; she does not only stand there waiting for some coins. She seems to be some kind of spiritual, psychological advisor to the many old people coming to talk to her. And sometimes you’ll even see her […]

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Washed away… not a bad ending for those beautiful autumn leaves. Gear used: Fujifilm XT2 + 90mm f/2

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