Tokyo Night Views

•17 September, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Tokyo, a truly spectacular city by night.

The incredible density of buildings seen above is but a tiny fragment from the full city-wide view (below). The sheer size of the city seen from such a height is staggering, with an ocean of lights stretching away to become a blur on the horizon, each individual light signifying a house, an office, a shop, a street scene, a car.

And wherever there are lights, there are people. Within this photograph alone, unseen but present, close to ten million!

Warm Night, Looking East.

It’s humbling to witness. Humbling yet at the same time inspiring and elevating, to feel both one’s complete insignificance, and the freedom that signifies.

The only times I recall experiencing similar feelings were standing looking out across the Indian Himalayas, and gazing into the deep night sky above a vast desert – the only difference being that in those places one feels humbled by nature’s magnitude, whereas here it’s all man-made.

Moments of wonder.

(click all images to enlarge)

Looking West After Storm, Dusk.

Wibbly Wobbly Alien

•15 September, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Sign painted on the ground at Toyocho, Tokyo.

A child’s friend or something rather more sinister?



•30 August, 2014 • Leave a Comment



Seen in Higashi-Nakano.


Tunnel of Pipes

•28 August, 2014 • Leave a Comment


An entire ceiling lined with pipes along the underground passage between platforms, Higashi-Koenji Station.


Before and After – From Hiroshige to Modern Tokyo

•27 August, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Living in Tokyo, not only the most populous metropolitan area on Earth but the biggest in the entire history of the planet, it’s easy to forget how rapid the speed of development here has been.


Damn, Tokyo grew fast!

I still find it hard to fathom, whenever I’m reminded that only a few decades ago the urban landscape here was so very different. In fact as recently as 50 years ago one could find large areas of green, and even rice fields, in the middle of the city.

The breakneck speed of construction and development which began in the mid 1940’s continues to this day, although now consists mostly of destruction and replacement of old buildings rather than the urban encroachment into open land which came before.

Check out a few startling photographic comparisons:


•12 August, 2014 • Leave a Comment


An intriguing series of “upskirt” advertisements appeared around Tokyo earlier this year.

Plenty more to see here!

Pointlessly Down and Up Again…

•12 August, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Bizarre detour in the underground tunnels near Ginza Station.


3d viewing guide here

First thought was it might be designed to prevent people bumping their heads on the low ceiling as they walk on that side of the passageway.

The actual effect is that it simply discourages people from walking there at all – which I guess achieves the desired result, but in a very expensive and indirect way.

But, given that numerous similar “low ceiling” spots around Tokyo simply use striped cushions to prevent headsmack injury, I do wonder if it serves another purpose?






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