Category: Japan

The bronze Kamakura Great Buddha, also known as Daibutsu, is thought to have been cast in 1252 A.D. Kamakura, Japan. It is 13.35 meters tall and weighs roughly 93 tons. August 2008.

Kamakura Great Buddha, Tourists

Crowded Tokyo intersection, August 2008.

Like everyone else who has seen the devastating images coming out of Sendai, the earthquake in Japan is on my mind. I wish there was more I could do to help.

Neon intersection, Tokyo

This street was somewhere around Shinjuku and Kabukicho, Tokyo’s Red Light District. It’s a pretty typical scene of how overwhelming it can be just to go out and look for a place to eat dinner. August 2008.

Crowded Street, Tokyo


Rows of small statues of Jizo, the guardian deity of children, at Hase Kannon Temple or Hasedera in Kamakura, Japan. August 2008.

Army of Stone Men

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Outside Harajuku Station, Tokyo, Japan. August 2008.

Harajuku Station

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Entrance to the Meiji Jingu Garden, Tokyo, Japan. August 2008.

Entrance to the Meiji Jingu Garden

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Pyramid and advertising outside of Shinjuku Station, Tokyo, Japan. August 2008.

Pyramid outside Shinjuku Station

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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is located on the west side of Shinjuku. Jer and I walked past it one night on the way to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. As you can see, it has a very striking design. The fisheye lens makes it look positively geodesic. Tokyo, Japan. 2008.

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Shinjuku

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This is a row of machines where you can purchase tickets at Shinjuku Station. Notice the map at the top of the frame, which you’re supposed to use to figure out the fare. If you don’t want to take the time to figure it out — or it’s too complicated — you can always buy the lowest priced ticket and then use a Fare Adjustment Machine at the end of your trip to pay the difference. I usually cheated and looked up my fares ahead of time on The Tokyo Transfer Guide Web site. Tokyo, Japan, August 2008.

Buying tickets at Shinjuku Station

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I took this photo on my last day in Shinjuku. I was waiting for the airport shuttle on the 20th floor, which is where the hotel lobby is located. From here you can see Shinjuku Gyoen and beyond. Tokyo, Japan. August 2008.

View from the hotel lobby