Tagged: Tokyo

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

A pond at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo, August 2008.

Shinjuku Gyoen National 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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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

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I think this picture speaks for itself mostly. I can add that there were lots of McDonald’s in Tokyo and we did eat at one for dinner one night. We tried their spicy juicy chicken sandwich, which was okay I guess. It wasn’t exactly “fast” food. This particular restaurant was located between our hotel in Shinjuku and where Jeremy was working in the Yoyogi area. Tokyo, Japan. August 2008.

McDonalds in Yoyogi

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I wandered into Sofmap in Akihibara Electric Town without realizing what I was getting myself into. I’d already been to a Yodabashi Camera and it had a pretty good selection… but Sofmap? Best selection of camera equipment and accessories ever. I bought a portable 2-sided light reflector (gold and silver) and a Polarizer filter — I killed another one this trip. The stack of Nikon D700 bodies behind the counter made me drool, and then there was a whole ‘nother floor with a HUGE selection of video games. By far my favorite electronics store. Tokyo, Japan. August 2008.

Sofmap in Akihibara Electric Town

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Use a bamboo ladle hishaku to cleanse your body and mind before entering Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine. Tokyo, Japan. August 2008

Purification Font, Meiji Jingu Shrine

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A street in Yoyogi. Tokyo, Japan. August 2008

Yoyogi Street, Day

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When my husband I were walking through Akihibara, we saw this weird sign for a Denny’s that directed you down a dark alleyway. We were not brave enough to see where it led, but at the time we doubted it was to Moon Over My Hammy. Turns out (according to the Internets) it was actually a Denny’s and we totally missed an opportunity. (Tokyo, Japan, August 2008.)

Denny’s Sign in Tokyo