Streets of Tokyo

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In the streets of Tokyo, you walk a lot, but really a lot. You better get some comfortable shoes because we walked around 15km a day during two weeks. While walking in Tokyo, you will come across many different neighborhoods, which have completely different atmospheres. Some places are modern, loud, flashy and always crowded, some areas are very quiet with a more traditional architecture.

The contrast you can find between two neighborhoods is always surprising and it’s one the things that I like so much about Tokyo.

 

All pics are shot with the Leica M6 (scans by Carmencita). I guess I will make a similar post but with iPhone pics only.

 

Dogs in Japan

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When you travel to Japan, you must prepared to discover things in the japanese culture that will feel or look really strange to your european eye. I was prepared for that, but was definitely not expecting to see something like the dog-owner meeting that we saw in Yoyogi Park. This park is next to the Harajuku district and on Sundays the people of Tokyo are going there for a picnic with the family, they jog or just chill under the sakuras…

 

We wanted to see the famous rockers who are there on Sunday but we couldn’t find them. We kept on searching to finally find this dog-owners meeting between the Yoyogi Stadium and the park and it was just crazy/amazing.

Hundreds of dogs and their owners were there, you could find little photo studios with complete light setup and everything to shoot your dog, people were selling dog food and all kind of fashion accessories for your pet. And we also discovered how dogs in Japan are treated by their owners.

They carry them around in strollers, they dress them. I saw this dog with a Supreme box tee and told to my girlfriend “look this one even has a Supreme t-shirt” and the owner was next to me and looked at me very proudly saying yeah Supreme (Supleme with the real japanese accent) with a huge smile on his face.

 

Dogs in Japan seem to be treated like kids and visiting such a meeting is the perfect place to hear the famous japanese word “kawaii” all the time !

 

During a trip like this, the unexpected discoveries are the best way to discover a culture.

 

Scans by Carmencita Film Lab.

Nara

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I finally received the scans from my trip to Japan so I can start to post some of the pics I shot there (I shot 342 pictures with the M6 and 699 with the iPhone). I won’t post the pictures in chronological order but rather by themes or place we visited.

 

This first post is about Nara, which used to be the first fixed capital of Japan during the 8th century. The park and the temples are a UNESCO world heritage site. Compared to the madness in Tokyo and Kyoto, Nara is a very quiet town and many temples are located in the huge park close to the station so you can visit everything only by walking.

 

In this park there is around 1200 deers (considered sacred) walking around completely free. You can buy special crackers to feed them and they seem to love it.

 

There is many temples to see in this park. The Kasuga-taisha (the red/orange one) is worth the visit as all along the path that leads there you can find thousands of stone lantern which creates a very nice atmosphere. These lanterns are lit only during two festivals (beginning of February and mid August).

 

The temps that you must absolutely see is Todai-ji. It’s the biggest wood construction in the world (in the past it was 1/3 of the current size bigger but was destroyed during civil wars and the rebuilt). Inside you can also find the biggest bronze statue in the world, the Buddha is 15m tall, and trust me it’s really impressive. Next to this Buddha there is 2 huge wooden stautes of Koumoku-ten who are protectors of Buddha’s realm.

 

Scans by Carmencita Film Lab