Meanwhile, Back in Tokyo…

The people keep cramming onto the subway.


They keep running around looking either all business or like a cartoon.


Or just plain hip!


Even though this is arguably the largest city on the world, so many things here are small. Like this bar called Forbidden Fruit I peaked into to grab this shot of the hip woman all alone in the tiny bar.

And while the city is busy being hip, cool and weird, it’s always efficient. The trains run like clockwork, the taxi cabs have automatic doors, there are always little voices speaking things softly in Japanese when walking into a store, or onto the elevator. Most doors in business and offices are automatic or you push a button were the doorknob would be and the door slides open. Just like Star Trek!

Even food is delivered efficiently. Like in this sushi place, where the food goes around on a conveyor and you pick what you want to eat.


It’s enough to make to make your head spin…


Which is a good reason to go up north into the mountains to the town of Nikko, with it’s serene temple complex of Toshu-gu set among the trees. But first you must walk by (not over) this historic red bridge called Shin-kyo, which dates back to 1636.


Of course I am like a kid in a candy store in theses temple complexes. And I could have a tantrum since photography is almost never allowed inside. But I mostly take it with Zen calm (and maybe sneak one if no one is looking).

Tomorrow it’s off to Kyoto, the cultural and spiritual heart of Japan.

But before I uh, go, take a look at this detail from the temple in Nikko. Looks like they are playing my favorite game – go!




8 Responses to “Meanwhile, Back in Tokyo…”

  1. 1 salmon king May 23, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Unreal! I love the color. Stunning! I sure hope you got that girl’s phone number for me in Forbidden Fruit!

  2. 2 pro10s May 23, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Your pictures are getting better and better! You’re now 1d. 🙂

  3. 3 pro10s May 24, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I meant 1p, sorry…:-(

  4. 4 Sue in Cary, NC May 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Pete….looks awesome!!

  5. 5 michele May 26, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Hey George,

    My friend,Donna,(not the Pittsboro Donna!!!!) misses Japan and enjoyed viewing your blog.

    Be safe and remember to look at the moon.

  6. 6 Le Conte de Montecristo May 27, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Hey, couldn’t you just trim the top of the metro photograph in Tokyo? And actually put more air above the girls doing what you do? The rest is too benign to comment on.

  7. 7 Thomas DiMattia June 8, 2008 at 1:15 am

    How I maiss Japan, and wish I could die there! Did you notice how much “grey” was worn? You get used to it after awhile. They really do not like to stand out.
    Nice shot of the girl in the grey dress. Reminds me that you never saw anyone who was in shabby clothes, unless they were the homeless or those they label, “4th class”. I forgot the actual term for this second group, but they were picked on since the 1600s or thereabouts, and no one marries into that subculture. Well, almost no one.
    And did you see the classy hair styles the male teens wore? It was amazing when I lived there: seeing $50 haristyles everywhere.
    Pete, you are a great photojournalist, and have inspired me to do the same whenever I get back to Japan.
    -Thomas DiMattia

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