Tokyo life

Japan was always one of the most exotic destinations on my list, ever since reading about samurais and geishas and emparors and ninjas, ever since I saw the first hand painted prints of warriors and noblemen, of houses and mountains.
It was always a magical place, as far as possible, not your normal European imagry and stories , not your western way of life and thought, and through the years it only developed into pure admiration. It was something to look up to, smarter, more efficient, more precise, more colorful and more thoughtfully designed with amazingly simple zenish taste.

I might have arrived to Tokyo a little too late, as after a decade of living and traveling throughout asia I have lost some of that initial exotic charm and intrigue, but Tokyo is still Tokyo, and even if the whole world has moved forward while japan is still stuck in the eighties glory days, it is still Tokyo, and it still has a life style that could only be described as , well, interesting.

I have to admit that the vibe I got in my visit in Tokyo was a disturbing one, or maybe a disturbed one. Something in the whole atmosphere is distorted in a way that a westerner could never really understand, and it makes people behave in ways which at times left me almost speechless.

 

 
 
 
 

I tried to document what I saw on the streets and in the entertainment centers in Tokyo, and to capture a small slice of life which can shed a little light on this different way of life, photos that can show what attracted me to the Japanese culture as a child, and show why I do not really connect to it as an adult.

Don’t get me wrong, Tokyo is definitely not a bad place to visit , and although it is a bit expensive, it is worth the trip, but after years of living in the gentle soft slow warm smile of south east asia, the streets of Tokyo were almost the opposite, cold, effective, fast, impersonal, robotic. Not a place I could live in for a long term period, but without doubt a place to walk in with wide open eyes and take in some of that japanisms.

And japan , especially the modern japan we know today is all full of these small japanisms, things that either could happen only in japan or that started in japan and spread around the world, wild fashions, different and very typically Japanese dining options, entertainment facilities for each taste and an always evident basic perversion which at times can seem funny, but after a week or so starts to be just a disturbing reminder of the inflictions of modern society.

Japan is a strange place, at least for a westerner. Doesn’t matter how well traveled you are and how open minded you are, it is still strange. And that Is a wonderful thing.

 

 

 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     
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