Category Archives: Japan

Neon wilderness

Sometimes, when you spend a lengthy period of time exclusively with one person, you start developing your own language, made of jokes and references that only you two, thanks to your common experience, can understand. This was the case of … Continue reading

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After (and away from) the tuna auction: Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo.

Clint Eastwood, in the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly once said that there are two kinds of people: those who dine at restaurants, and those who see nothing wrong in standing up for their meal in front of … Continue reading

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As the sun sets over the capital.

Unless you are a diehard fan of “Lost in Translation” – and, let’s be clear, I am not – there are a few reasons to visit Shinjuku. Skyscrapers can be found in strangest shapes in Odaiba or Shimbashi; neon lights … Continue reading

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Before I move on: fragments of Kyoto.

New Year’s Eve, at the office, is a quiet one. For a starter, only half of the people who usually crowd the open space actually bothers to turn up, giving the place a library-like atmosphere which, personally, I like a … Continue reading

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A door on a side street.

Kyoto is a grid-like maze, bewildering at first but easy to navigate once one gets his bearings. This means, in other words, sticking to the network of larger roads, those major arteries that, by bisecting each other, channel traffic and people from … Continue reading

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The sacred and the profane, or an afternoon at Fushimi Inari Taisha.

The Japanese approach to religion sounds odd and unfamiliar to those, like yours truly, grown up in the shadow of the clear-cut divisions operated by monotheistic cults. Folks, over here in the archipelago, can be Shinto, and Buddhist, at the same … Continue reading

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People of Kyoto.

I feel like I’m somehow developing my photographic skills, probably more through chance or happy coincidence than by actual will. Kyoto offered some great – at least in my opinion – chances for people photo taking, and I’m quite happy … Continue reading

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Haneda Airport.

Our flight arrived at 07:30, and our connection was delayed until 11.30. Normally this would’ve entailed heated conversations, stress and accusations, but this was Japan. A bow, a sincere apology, a quick service recovery and we were on our way, … Continue reading

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Postcards from Tokyo

“…we’ll wait a little for a signal to turn green before entering Earl’s Court station, apologies for the inconvenience” the voice on the tannoy said to a chorus of groans, moans and a choreography of rolling eyes. Framed in a … Continue reading

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An ode to Kyoto part 3. Faith.

Almost exactly five years ago a friend and a younger, happier and more idealistic version of myself visited Japan, spending 10 days in Kyoto. I have since come back twice to the archipelago, but never to Kyoto. These are my … Continue reading

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