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Tempting by htkay
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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Senso-ji by htkay
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