It is the time of the year when everyone and everywhere in Japan does their best to lighten up the winter darkness, and this means lots and lots of light up events around the country. I took these photos last year of the decorations at Marunouchi’s Nakadori district, the Wall Street of Japan. This year will probably be similar, so if you want to brighten up your winter, please head over to Marunouchi and have a look!
The Winter is coming but still the autumn lingers for a little while longer. I took these photos last year from a very misty Imperial Palace outer grounds, with the ground strewn with fallen red leaves and the mist covering most of the pine trees near the grand office buildings of Marunouchi. I hope you have the chance to go out and see the majestic autumn colors around Tokyo this weekend – despite the forecasted rainy weather!
The autumn if firmly here and it has been a wet and cold one so far. Unusually so. Still, there is a lot of charm to the Japanese autumn, not least of which are the lovely autumn fogs we sometimes get settling over this city literally built on water. I took these photos on one foggy afternoon last autumn, in between the Imperial Palace and Marunouchi, Tokyo’s financial and business district above others.
Not far from Tokyo’s downtown Nezu subway station you will find the tiny and remarkably charming gallery Maruhi. If you look really well that is. It is almost hidden away in a tiny nearly 100 year old house inside a tiny alley not wide enough for even two people to walk down. When I visited the gallery had an exhibition called Kuronekoten, showing the black cat themed work of nine different artists, from sculptors to kimono weavers. I dare say that Maruhi is Tokyo’s best hidden gallery, and if you are in the area it is well worth a visit. Finding it is part of the fun!
Even if you are not into the art the building itself is nothing short of amazing. It is a very careful restoration of an old 1917 (Taisho-era) pawnshop (hence the large safe!), and quite beautiful inside. My photos do not make it justice.
The next show is a ceramics show running from November 21st to 29th, you can read more about the gallery and the coming shows on their Facebook page here or their homepage here (all in Japanese of course!).