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Shinobazunoike – Shinobazu Pond in Winter

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on February 23, 2015

The great pond in Ueno, the Shinobazunoike is famous its many lotus flowers, which have been a feature of the pond since at least the Edo period. I summer it is covered in a green carpet of lotuses, but in winter the dried husks and shells of the flowers form an equally interesting and photogenic space. The pond is also the home of many birds, some of whom are more than happy to serve as models for the passing photographers!

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Matsuya Asakusa – Ekimise Departement Store

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on January 9, 2015

Between Sumida River and Asakusa Metro station you’ll find the large department store, Matusya Asakusa. It is situated on top of the Tsukuba Express station and inside the building itself is another station of the Tobu line. The rooftop has a small open space which offers rather good views of the Tokyo Skytree. Even at night the station looks pretty good.

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Sensoji Temple at Night – Asakusa

Posted in Places by tokyobling on January 8, 2015

A few years ago when the world famous Sensoji temple in Tokyo got a major face lift the the site became the undisputed tourist mecca of Japan, rivaled perhaps only by the Shibuya street crossing. Still, at least in my eyes the grand Asakusa temple wins in my book. Most tourists flock there during the day to enjoy the shops, souvenirs, eateries and throngs of people. Personally I much prefer the temple well after closing time, after the crowds are gone and the temple structures are bathed in a wonderfully warm red light. When I guide friends and relatives around Tokyo I always make sure to include a last stop at the Sensoji, before heading back home.

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Tokyo Sky Tree At Night

Posted in Places by tokyobling on January 1, 2015

It’s a new year for us and the second new year of the Tokyo Sky Tree, the latest super structure in Tokyo. I took these photos of the special Christmas time light up (notice the greens and whites) a couple of weeks ago. The cold wind over the river makes photography hard but it is worth it!

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