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Tempting
April 11, 2009, 5:26 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Night, People, Photography, Tokyo, Tourism

There are always so many oppurtunities for photos around Tokyo, especially when night falls and the lights come on… its the classic shot of Tokyo; the vertical advertisements underlined by the streaks of white and red traffic.

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Yet we were unable to catch the shot, this photo was taken in the few seconds it takes a security guard to spot you taking a photo, walk over and stop you from taking the photo. It began to get frustrating, we had been here three days and only managed a handful of decent night shots.

We know there are thousands of photos of Tokyo at night, but its nice to have one that you took, so planning a night shoot when we had the time was in order, rather than taking them as we rushed for the last train…

 

Harry

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Fuji…TV Headquarters
April 10, 2009, 9:27 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Culture, Development, Photography, Tokyo, Travel

Odaiba, an artificial island situated in Tokyo Bay is home to a couple of Tokyo’s landmarks. The large red and white ferris wheel and the Fuji TV headquarters.

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The building is predominantly office space but contains ten studios, spread over 25 stories and rising 125 meters above our heads.

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We had seen the building in the UR Model and in magazines, but the other-worldly quality is made ever more apparent by the shear size of the thing.

The ball that seems to have lodged itself into the otherwise very rational grid like structure weighs 1200 tonnes and is 36 meters in diameter, but it appears so alien that you find yourself thinking it must be hovering, weightless, unsupported by the intersecting beams.

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The studio was designed by Kenzo Tange Associates, with construction  starting in 1993 and lasting three years, The design is up to scratch in standards for quake tolerance.

Upon entering we are met with yet another Tokyo gift shop, and even though we had taken the rather elaborately loopy train from central Tokyo we didn’t pay the 500 yen for a tour and entrance to the ball. The Odaiba Island is worth the visit though; to see the development that is ongoing, the Rainbow Bridge and a rather odd slightly smaller scale model of the Statue of Liberty.

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Harry



Senso-ji
April 7, 2009, 8:24 pm
Filed under: Architecture, People, Photography, Temple, Tokyo, Tourism

Although Senso-ji temple is the oldest in Tokyo most of the buildings were built after the second world war, due to the originals having been destroyed by bombing.

tourists-templeThe above photo shows the Nakamise-dori, a 250 meter long street; once lined with market stalls that provided locals with necessities in the 18th century, but is now lined with stalls selling artifacts that any good tourist needs; folding chopsticks, green tea ice cream, Geta (wood sandals) and bright kimonos.

dsc05841The first structure you arrive at down Nakamise-dori is the Kaminarimon, the Thunder Gate, from which a huge lantern hangs. As you draw close up to this structure the age becomes apparent. The huge columns are cool steel, rather than timber and there aren’t the wonderful details in the eaves.

eaves1Despite Senso-ji being built in the 1960s and it feeling like a tourist attraction it is still very much a functioning temple. Along Nakamise-dori we ran into a group of third year college students, one of whom was ‘Job Hunter Ken’. They were on the way to pray for good fortune in Job Hunter’s search for employment.

 

Harry



fifty-second floor
April 6, 2009, 5:45 pm
Filed under: Tokyo

The Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills

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Beneath the rich decoration of the viewing platform on the fifty-second floor the structure is revealed to us. The huge steel beams rarely cross horizontally or rise vertically, the angled beams are part of the aseismic design that stiffens the building should an earthquake strike, especially toward the upper floors of the building.

 

Harry



Traffic
April 5, 2009, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Night, People, Photography, Tokyo

Even at 11:00pm Tokyo was still going as we made our way to the Ginza metro stop.

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Harry



Night Cap
April 5, 2009, 4:42 pm
Filed under: 18794210, Architecture, Night, Photography, Tokyo

To finish off the first full day….

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These two structures are found directly opposite from each other across a quiet road in Harajuku. One a modern garage and one a traditional torii.

 

Harry



Island Harumi
April 5, 2009, 4:23 pm
Filed under: Architecture, City Studies, Education, Tokyo


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dsc057471All three of these scenes are found within the Harumi Island Triton Square, an office and residential complex consisting of three high rise towers, and one much shorter tower. The extreme juxtaposition of styles was entertaining rather than uncomfortable or bizarre.

 

Harry