shadowy

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Yotsuya underpass

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tall flat deep

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last of the last trains

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looking up

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people: ornament

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reflection

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Holy Mary in a Fish Tank

In an upmarket antiques and interior furnishings store in Marunouchi..

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busy

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light and time

Taken with the old iphone 3G so technically grim but I like it.

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home

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Fans of Tokyo

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up

A crew pass up steel ties for earthquake reinforcing work on a prewar building. Good form in Tokyo demands that the passers-by be shielded from the sights and sounds – and obvious potential dangers – of construction; making for a confining environment for the guys on site. An exception is being made for the efficient uplift of the ties.

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glue-on renaissance

In remarkably non-ironic fashion this Tokyo building has a front facade inspired perhaps by 15-6th century Italian structures, and very ordinary other walls.

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bright by night

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Mr Mantis waits for a train

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well you have a mobile don’t you?

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too much structure

Such a clumsy retrofitted structure for such a small water tank. Perhaps the boss wanted to be able to see the games at Jingu from the roof?

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camouflaged in red

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Tokyo is burning.. about 10cms of it, and it is almost out.

A dozen fire brigade and police officers attend to a mildly melting illuminated sign in Iidabashi station. Looked inefficient but rather reassuring. And it seemed strangely in contrast with both scenes from the UK and in Fukushima.


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Waseda separation wall

In the name of progress (well, new offices for the School of Politics & Economics – Seikei), one of the key prewar buildings is being demolished now. Being Japan, it is surgically removed behind an elaborate noise and dust-containment wall. Whilst the new building will ostensibly incorporate the facade of the old, the late night campus lighting casts perhaps more interesting shadows on the temporary shroud.

 

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sign of past times

I fancy I saw this already charming weathered old sign on the way to my interview at Waseda back in to 2003. Small artifacts in old neighbourhoods seem to anchor one’s spirit in some way.

 

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pose for the geeks

A young woman, somewhat improbably to my mind, gets a paid job posing for an otaku photo shoot. Whilst a not uncommon sight in Tokyo parks, these folks have taken over a Meiji era guardhouse outside the imperial guesthouse. What goes on amongst consenting adults is their business, and entertainment for others when done in a public place.

 

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instinctively curious

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small acts of great goodwill

Students of Chuo High School, some of whom had studied in Australia, folded 1001 cranes as a gesture of solidarity with those affected by the floods in Queensland earlier this year. The cranes are displayed in the lobby of the Australian Embassy.

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post on a post

Yes, there really is a post right in the middle of the narrow walkway descending to the Oedo line platform at Roppongi. If ‘resolution’ is a key element of design, this is not designed.

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‘setsuden’ – just in case you missed it

 

The Toei Subway, in a determined effort to cut power usage, unplugged the last public phone in this corner – and didn’t want anybody to miss their monumental sacrifice.

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acting under 20

Behind this bloke is a poster saying that age checks are being enforced for the sale of alcohol and smokes. A minor or not, he would have been better to heed the spirit of the law. The last train pulled out without him. I did offer to help him..

 

 

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hot work this afternoon

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claim & counterclaim – and neither got on the last train

Last night’s little spectacle.. apparently the chubbier guy got his shin kicked. The police obviously don’t think he is a flight risk.

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big skies, and a hint of Meiji, in central Tokyo

I doubt I will ever be invited into the Imperial guesthouse but it is quite a sight, even just when looking through the bars of the fence.

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timeless design

But how to choose? HH Style store in Aoyama.. I want them all, but perhaps the ones to the bottom right a little more.

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not working, at several levels

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gleaming fishy

The grilled fish set at Otoya cost me the princely sum of 680 yen and was a treat…

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a night not gone right

Another late train home, another jarring sight.

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head in a bag?

 

 

I hope the woman carrying this bag is a trainee hairdresser. The sight certainly startled me last night on the way home. Hardly the sensitive regards for the feelings of others that one would look for in a service industry professional.

 

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mirror mirror

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feed me

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keep walking

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ghostly Gaien

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