• Japan
  • Rockers at Yoyogi

    On Sundays Tokyo’s rockers gather at the Harajuku entrance to Yoyogi Koen (代々木公園).  This particular Sunday was a special event, evidenced by the enormous turnout.  Lots of dancing, drinking and posing for photographs… how else would you spend a sunny autumn Sunday in Tokyo?  And yes, even hardened rockers get sore eyes… So, where is […]

  • Japan
  • Tsukiji: when the market closes

    Lunchtime is when the Tsukiji fish market (築地市場) closes.  Most of the sales, including the famous tuna auction, are in the small hours of the morning. Once lunchtime comes around a few retail shops outside stay open for the general public and tourists but the wholesale market closes, the rubbish is picked up and remaining fish, alive or […]

  • 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. […]

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  • 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 […]