You had a long day visiting many interesting locations in Tokyo. You walked a lot, spent hours in trains and metros, and you need a little break. If the weather is fine you can head to Odaiba, get off the Yurikamome line at Odaiba Kaihin Koen station. There, stop by one of the convenience store […]

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To celebrate children, Japanese hang those colorful koinobori. They symbolize the family, the black one being the father; in the past the red one stood for the eldest son, and the following ones (if any) the others boys and had different colors according to the regions where they were displayed. Recently this celebration which was […]

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We just came back from a few days in the countryside, camping near Mount Fuji, on the western side of the volcano. Nice weather, BBQ everyday… and fantastic view from sunrise to sunset. After a couple of nights your head is fully “washed” and you should be ready to dive back into the urban civilization. […]

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Taken somewhere under Tokyo, in one of those numerous remarkably clean metro platform running under the giant city. Gear used: Fujifilm X’T2 + Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 II

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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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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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After this hard and cold winter spring seems to be coming really fast. Almost everywhere flowers are blooming, such as these plum flowers, looking very similar to cherry blossoms. As for the cherry trees themselves, they won’t be long and this year’s hanami season will be very early. Forecasts expect a full bloom period by […]

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You’ll see them at every major crossroads near shools. From our home to the girl’s school there are 3 kilometers along Hakusan dori, many schools all along the avenue, many kids walking to and from school, and these volunteers absolutely everywhere. Everyday the same persons, preventing kids from running under a car and keeping an […]

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I’m a big fan of Tokyo’s restaurants entrances at night. Owners always manage to use a few simple things to turn those seemingly dull buildings into eye catching, colorful and attractive places. I walk past this one several times a week, and everytimes it amazes me. As for the bike, well… I guess it is […]

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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 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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