• Asakusa
  • Asakusa on a December day

    Some of the sights and sounds of the very touristy area around the Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa on a December day.  The whole area is a throng of tourists, sightseers, tour guides (some pulling rickshaws, others who appear to have lost their parties) and worshippers, young and old, who have come to visit the ancient temples, have their fortunes […]

  • Akasaka
  • Tokyo winter skies

    The edge of a storm passes over Tokyo at dusk.  The long winter shadows leave the diet building (Kokaigijido) in shadow. Shadows of skyscrapers fall around the Imperial Palace, pointing towards the distant Sky Tree, backed by leaden skies. The adjustments to these photographs are minimal – this is what it really looked like on the day. […]

  • Akasaka
  • Moving vehicles

    Movement and reflections on the streets of Tokyo Some of the sights and sounds of the streets of Tokyo, going from Akaska at night to a sunny afternoon in Yoyogi Koen.  Off to the fire with siren and flashing lights. Yes, really!  The Akasaka fire brigade race to an emergency… really looking very relaxed and confident […]

  • Japan
  • Tatsumi patterns

    Tatsumi, one of the reclaimed islands on the edge of Tokyo, with its array of government housing, dormitories and other accommodation provides a fascinating array of patterns, textures and structures. Bridges and buildings. River defences stand beside the channels between islands. A small breakwater in a jungle of concrete. The area is almost deserted but everything […]

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  • A walk around Korakuen

    The journey to and a summer afternoon’s walk around Korakuen (beside Tokyo Dome), taking in the sights and sounds of a Tokyo weekend. On the way, a fellow passenger protects his travelling companions… and only looks a little sinister. The roller coaster… not the first time I’ve been here (Tokyo Winter). The weave of the coaster. A Metro train […]

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  • Yokohama nights

    Yokohama nights – a beautiful weekend evening in the summer. The Hikawa (Ice River) Maru, the museum ship at Yamashita Koen (Yamashita Park) sparkling in the evening sea breeze. Looking the other way, the Ferris wheel turns against the buildings silhouetted against the setting sun. And once night has fully fallen, the Hotel New Grand’s lights stand […]