06:39 Shinkansen photo montage
April 25, 2009, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Tokyo

Everything about the iconoc shinkansen (bullet train) minus the actual bullet train. After all, half the experience is pegging it to the train so that you do not miss it. We got there with a few moments to spare to make sure we caught the right train.




What is Wabi Sabi?
April 8, 2009, 11:53 am
Filed under: Architecture, Education, Group, People, Temple, Tokyo


We decided to ask these youthful suits what they thought Wabi Sabi meant. They told us that it was too difficult to explain in English what it was (although their English was pretty good)- so naturally we asked them if they could show us a pose that represents Wabi Sabi. Personally, I have  refrained from telling you what I believe Wabi Sabi to mean, because it can have so many defintions- for me it resided in an experience (in Japan) which will be shared later on in this blog series. But for all you Marcel Theroux wannabes, for now, this pose will have to do.


…I should mention, the Japanese local in the middle is infact Bandai reject “Job hunter Ken”. These guys were amazingly animated, and incredible fun and I wish them the best of luck with their job hunting, especially Ken.

Nim and Chandni


The Roku Bar Intimate Dinning Experience
April 7, 2009, 8:43 am
Filed under: City Studies, Group, People

Local pick number two saw us eat in this cosy little restaurant in the City. Once again the layout was quite tight and compact, and the group were nearly sitting on top of one another. But, once again, the whole experience worked for us. Chalk it down to the mellow lighting or maybe it was some numbing solution mixed within our green tea- the layout never felt uncomfortable. The restaurant was small; similar to the first one it would only sit around 25- 30 people max, infact the kitchen was only a few paces away from where we were sitting. But I guess the place was made bigger by the very nature of the way we sat on the floor close to one another- this enabled the interior aesthetic to take charge of our periphery; rather than it being cluttered by waves of people, more commonly associated with the mass dining experience. The food was good too (try the miso soup).


harry, chris, tom and mindy



National Gallery in Tokyo, Roppongi, Tokyo
April 6, 2009, 6:35 pm
Filed under: Tokyo


This crazy facade (above) is part of the National Art Gallery, designed by Kisho Kurukawa in 2005. He founded the avant-garde metabolism movement in the 1960’s, which was all about the pursuit of  recyclable architecture- Nakagin Capsule Tower is one of his most famous buildings, which evoked the idea of impermanence (removeable, interchangeable and adaptable buildings). Below is an internal view of the Mori Tower.



Ever so slightly saturated
April 6, 2009, 3:44 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Development, Photography, Tokyo




Mori Tower (the boys toys tower)
April 6, 2009, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Development, Photography, Tokyo

The journey up to the top of the tower took no more than 10 seconds, thanks to the super hi-speed, ear popping elevator. We were expecting impressive views of the city- what we got was an impressive 360 degree city panoramic view with a sexy car exhibition to frame it all. It was an unusual combination, but it gave us a chance to contemplate one of life’s more demading questions: how did they get an entire supercar showroom up 54 stories? Never the less, the alliance of fast lifts and fast cars prompted some dymnamic behaviour on our behalf- from this height there really is a lot to see!



April 6, 2009, 1:38 pm
Filed under: Tokyo