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Old Posted Mar 27, 2017, 10:34 AM
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Tokyo - March 18-26

I just got back from a trip to Tokyo and wanted to share some pics with everyone. My body has decided waking up at 4 am is totally acceptable so I figured why not upload while I wait to get ready for work?

Tokyo was amazing. The Japanese culture of courteousness, accommodation, etc. was enticing. We flew direct from NYC to Narita on Japan Airlines. We were on one of their awesome 787-8 planes which are fabulous. Their food was even good as well. By far the best airline I've been on.

We weren't sure what to expect going in when it came to getting around once in Japan. We did a little research but are the types that like to figure things out as we experience them. It was super easy once there. Their trains (there are two major systems that operate in Tokyo, the Tokyo Metro and the JR lines) are all named, lettered, and their stations all numbered. It was insanely easy to figure out exactly where to go and how to get there. Plus their trains have seriously tiny headways. I would be surprised if we waited longer than 3 minutes for a train at any point in the trip. Most of the time one arrived the moment we entered the station. And they were never delayed or slowed down. I want the MTA to go take some notes...

We stayed at an Airbnb in a neighborhood called Akasaka. It was tiny, only about 140 square feet, but was a great little space. It had a balcony with a nice view and was a few blocks from a great little business district and multiple train lines.

Onto the photos.

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We spent our last night visiting the New York Bar at the Hyatt used most famously in Lost in Translation. The view was pretty great. We then went out to the sensory overload that is Golden Gai.
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I'm going to miss Japan. I wish I had more time to explore and branch out beyond the city. I'll have to get back sometime soon. I loved it.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2017, 6:51 PM
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great pics, for being so big it can come across quite intimate.
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Such a fascinating yet horribly ugly megacity.
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Such a fascinating yet horribly ugly megacity.
It just proves that when it comes to good urbanism function > form.
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Great shots mate - Tokyo is awesome!
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Such a fascinating yet horribly ugly megacity.
It's weird, in pictures you don't quite get the feeling of humanity to the city. Everything feels scaled to the person walking on the street and even though a lot of it isn't necessarily aesthetically pleasing it comes across as quite beautiful in my mind.
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LOVE Tokyo and you did it well. I miss Family Mart.

What I love about the place is how unpopulated it is generally speaking, yes, not overrun or busy.
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I'm not sure what's supposed to be so ugly, really. It looks fascinating to me, a great mix of styles all crunched together with a density I've only seen in Asia. A little East, a little West, some brutalism, some internationalism, some classic Japanese forms, some approximately European neo-Georgianesque (Meiji?) confections, some post-modernist deconstructionist whatnot if you like that sort of thing. What's not to like? I suppose if there's some style you find particularly offensive it's there. (What with being the largest city on Earth that's . . . predictable.) On the other hand, to some ugly might be a compliment. If that's ugly I'll take it.

Anyway, thank you. Lovely photographs. I particularly like 61, which . . . maybe marks me as odd. But the incredible, almost brutal, forcefulness of the lines in contrast to the single lonely person walking through . . .

Splendid.
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