Tokyo in Pics


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Holy Resurrection Cathedral

The Holy Resurrection Cathedral, commonly known as Nicolai-do, was named after St. Nicholas Kasatkin (1836 - 1912).  It the centerpiece of the Japanese Orthodox Church. Located very close to Ochanomizu Station, it was designed by the English architect Josiah Conder.  Completed in 1891 the building suffered several misfortunes over its early years, including a belfry collapse and also suffered major damage during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.  Luckily everything was repaired and this beautiful building still stands today.

The main entrance to the Holy Resurrection Cathedral

Actually, I haven’t visited the cathedral that many times, so I was a little lost as to how to photograph it.  The major problem, as I think you can see from the pictures, is that it is surrounded by tall buildings on every side which puts at least two sides of it in shadow for most of the day.  And that means if you have only limited time to shoot, to get some outstanding pictures might be difficult, as I found out.

The dome of the cathedral

Built in the Byzantine style it is obviously something quite different for Tokyo.  Apparently when it was first constructed, it was possible to see the Imperial Palace.  Unfortunately from the cathedral all you can see are the buildings around it.

For these shots I mostly used my wide angle 10-24mm lens as there is hardly any space to work with.  The courtyard isn’t very wide nor are the streets. Using a long zoom there isn’t very practical in my opinion unless you want to focus on some areas of the building such as the upper roof areas or other detail work.

The good thing about the Holy Resurrection Cathedral is that there is quite a lot near it see once you are finished.  Only a short walk away is Guitar Street, Yushima Seido and Kanda Myojin. Akihabara is very close too.

Holy Resurrection Cathedral is a great place to visit if you are interested in architecture and churches!  For a small fee, you can also enter the building provided there are no religious service scheduled. The only thing you need to know is that photography is forbidden inside.  You can see its website here.

Gear used for these pictures:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T2

Lenses - Fujifilm XF 10 - 24 mm f/4.0 R OIS Lens

 Fujifilm XF 16 - 55 mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens