Here are some pictures from Tokyo metropolitan area. These were taken between 2009 and 2011.
Tokyo is the biggest and the most populated city in the world. Though arguably it is the most modern city in the world, it is not uncommon to come across an historic building or a relic next to a gleaming glass tower.
This is a traditional gate to a shrine close to the Tokyo Tower. If you visit Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is a must see. Go up the lift and enjoy the stunning skyline with tiny lights in office towers. You might just spot some people working late in the night. The tower is a tad taller than Eiffel Tower.
I was in Japan when the winter was about to start. Autumn in India is non existent. So watching these leaves changing colors was quiet exciting and a great photo opportunity.
Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the war heroes of Japan. The shrine has Justice Radha Binod Pal’s memorial plaque. He was an Indian and was the only judge in the world war 2 tribunal, who submitted a judgment which insisted all defendants were not guilty. Further more, he believed that the exclusion of Western colonialism and the use of the atom bomb by the United States from the list of crimes, and judges from the vanquished nations on the bench, signified the “failure of the Tribunal to provide anything other than the opportunity for the victors to retaliate.”
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Japanese people are extremely hard working. Working less hours is looked down upon. This comes from an era when the Japanese people worked for the betterment of their country and were expected to be selfless. These values are embedded in them even today. One interesting thing about the Japanese railway stations is the recordings of bird sounds. The logic behind it is to calm people down after a day of hard work. This is a bid to prevent people from committing suicide. Japan has the highest rate of suicide that too on railway tracks. I have heard but not seen, that they are experimenting with blue light on railway stations for the same reason.
Tokyo and in general the whole of Japan is extremely well connected by regional and local trains. One can go to any part of the city either by train, subway or bus.
The tallest structure in Japan.
Japanese taxis are really a ‘wonder’ for me. They have so many gadgets in them. Apart from the taxis which are spotlessly clean, the taxi drivers themselves are well appointed and you will not find them without a pair of clean white hand glows. Compare that with rickshaw drivers and taxi drivers here.
One can find a lot of similarity in the Japanese religious beliefs and the Hindu beliefs. Some Jinja’s also have Japanese versions of Hindu deities. It is interesting how these two religions not only share believes but also the concept of idols.
Asakusa is the most famous historically important site in Tokyo out of the 10 that I know.
Odaiba (お台場?) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area. Odaiba, along with Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, are two of the only places in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area where the seashore is accessible, and not blocked by industry and harbor areas.
The Yurikamome line takes you from the main island over the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba. The railway cabs running on these lines are fully automated. I got a chance to sit in the front row seats. It offered a drivers eye view of the city.
This is my attempt of an extravagant HRD of Fuji TV building in Odaiba, Tokyo.