“Still lost in Tokyo”

Tokyo, Japan. November 2018 – February 2019 (15 photos)

This is part 14 of my Japan 2018-19 photo series.

So I’m back from my trip to the South Island of New Zealand last week and by way of “clearing the board” I posted photos last week from my trip to Auckland in 2018. There’ll be a short delay before I post my more recent photos from New Zealand. For now, we return to Japan, and Tokyo in particular.

Japan has an estimated population of about 127 million, and approximately 13.8 million live in Tokyo. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with over 38 million people. The city of Tokyo has no true CBD but has often been described as several cities in close proximity joined by an efficient railway system. Whether you’re lost within the human crush, dwarfed by the skyscrapers, immersed in the local culture, taken by the serenity of the shrines, adapting to local customs or simply lost in translation, it’s easy to get lost in Tokyo and that is perhaps the best way to discover and experience it. Here are some photos from my 16 days worth of wanderings, somewhere lost in Tokyo…

Remember the above man from my earlier post “Lost in Tokyo” standing inside Shibuya Station in front of the mural, “Myth of Tomorrow”? Well, after photographing him from above I decided to go down and take another photograph from in front. He obligingly remained still as people walked past.

“Shibuya nights”

I took my photo and got away from there as quickly as possible.

“11am Takeshita Street”

Just out for a peaceful Sunday morning stroll.

“Peace out”

Lost again in Shibuya.

“Above Tokyo”

That’s the Tokyo Tower on the right.

“Somewhere lost in Koenji”

The simple delight of a small suburban shrine.

“Tokyo Street Style”

Somewhere in the Ameya-Yokocho open air street market.

“The Art of Origami”

Somewhere lost in Akasaka.

“Approaching dusk”

Strolling the Ginza whilst the main road is closed to motor vehicles.

“Pikachu and friends”

You don’t have to go far to find pop culture in Tokyo.

“Akhihabara Train Station”

“Electric Town”

Akhihabara is famous for its densely packed buildings crammed full of anime, manga, and game paraphernalia. Maid cafes and owl cafes are popular here as well.

“A moment of solitude”

At the Hoshuin Temple.

“Reflective Moments”

On this occasion I took a different exit from Shibuya Station and found this.

“The Shibuya Hustle”

As soon as I realised the umbrellas were up because it was snowing, I quickly ran down and out onto the street.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

This is part 14 of my Japan 2018-19 photo series.

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Lost in Tokyo (2)


55 thoughts on “Lost in Tokyo (2)

  1. Fascinating photos as always! I can’t envisage being one in 38 million people in the Greater Tokyo area. It would be a very humbling sensation. Thank you for bringing all these images to your WordPress readers.

  2. J.D. Riso says:

    Tokyo seems like sensory overload, in a good way. The Japanese are the masters of pop culture. Love the alien dude. And the umbrella shot is fabulous.

    • Thanks, the blurry umbrellas add a nice dynamism the photo, I feel.
      Yes, every “character” under the sun can be found in Japan, including many I never knew of. It’s quite an experience to amongst that. I actually found those alien guys kind of freaky. I had no idea what that was all about. 🙂

    • Yes, it’s one of the more popular places to take photos of Shibuya Crossing but it can be so hard to get a good vantage point there. Day or night, Tokyo streets are a great photo opportunity.

  3. 11am Takeshita Street looks like a crowded morning stroll. But if the atmosphere in Japan is anything to go by, it’s one of no pushing and shoving. That is a lovely Pikachu and friends mural. Notice it’s graffiti-free…and I guess many of its murals and public works of art are graffiti-free. Amazing set of shots again.

    • Very true, even though many are tourists, there’s no pushing. Same with the frequent queues for shops/restaurants and at train stations. There’s a little bit of graffiti but not much. That’s whyy vending machines are so common there as well, compared to Australia – no malicious damage/graffiti.

  4. i love going to Japan through your eyes. You see so much that others would not. (including me). I am over in Cambodia at the moment (38 degree heat – yuck) but lovely to visit here.

  5. Your pictures are perfect as always. The standouts for me are 11 am Takeshita Street, Peace Out, The Art of Origami, and most notably, A Moment of Solitude. I came here for visual delight and you delivered yet again,

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