Walking in Tokyo
Yesterday, I decided to go from Shinbashi station to Toranomon Hills and then onto Zojoji and Tokyo Tower. I hadn't been out just to shoot just for the pleasure of shooting recently, so I was really looking forward to it. It was a pity though, as the weather decided it didn't want to cooperate with me. So I left the Shinbashi with my camera and decided to just enjoy a walk and shoot whatever I came across.
I like walking around the central areas of Tokyo in its canyon-like streets and then through the occasional gap looking at the taller buildings. It is pretty weird at times though, you can have skyscrapers like Toranomon Hills and an old place like Atago shrine just a few hundred metres away. Not weird as such, but the contrast is very interesting and makes for great shooting.
Tornamon Hills is one of Tokyo's newer skyscrapers and I wondered how all the shops there survive over the weekends as the area seems mostly deserted. Maybe they make a earn their keep from all office workers that are there during the week? I've got no idea, but if you have a good answer, please let me know.
Atago shrine is a nice place for a walk, as long as you like stairs. I didn't count how many there were, but there quite a few and they are extremely steep. Getting to top though you'll rewarded as there is a pond filled with some carp in an interesting rock garden.
The central city areas of Tokyo though, are probably like any other city in the world in that most of the traffic is missing by late afternoon. I find it a rather surreal experience walking along empty streets that are meant to be packed with cars. Very pleasant.
Around five o'clock I got to the temple of Zojoji and it was dark. The main hall was closed but it still attracted a fair amount of people even so. With Tokyo Tower just behind it, it shouldn't be surprising.
How about you? Did you have a good weekend? I hope you did and I also hoped it involved a bit of photography!
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