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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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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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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Roppongi is one of those extreme areas in Tokyo. As many others in the city it is very different in the day and at night. But here the contrast is rather extreme. In the day it is a huge business district, full of big companies, well dressed people, and families coming to the local high […]

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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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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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