Showing 25 posts tagged tokyo
Tokyo intersection deconstructed | Tokyo, Japan
Navid Baraty certainly heeded Steve McCurry’s advice to pick an unusual vantage point in this graphic composition of a Tokyo intersection.
Poisoned Beauty | A tribute to Fukushima
As we approach the one year anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and resulting nuclear fallout, a visual tribute to the disaster struck Fukushima countryside by Kyoko Hamada, originally commissioned by The New Yorker to illustrate Evan Osno’s “Letters from Fukushima”. A poignancy and immediacy of her photographs belies the fact that she was photographing not what she could see, but what is actually invisible, the lives that were lost, and the livelihoods destroyed by the nuclear fallout and tsunami.
Rainy morning, Haranomachi
Coffee is served here | Tokyo, Japan 2011
St Mary’s Cathedral | Tokyo, Japan
Seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tokyo, St Mary’s Cathedral was designed by Kenzo Tange in 1964, to replace the original wooden gothic style cathedral standing since 1899 and destroyed during a World War II air raid.
Tange conceived the new church as a concrete structure, simple in concept and complex in shape, which recalls the lightness of a bird and its wings. The eight walls – the elements which hold the whole structure – are at the same time roof and walls, enclosing the space and opening to the outside through vertical gaps. The walls are curved hyperbolically to express the tension to the sky, and turning the rhomboidal ground floor into a cross at the roof top. The different heights of the wings, asymmetrical, make it a dynamic shape on the sky background.
Read more about St Mary’s on Japan Two
The lifeblood of a city | Tokyo, Japan
Vehicle lights, like the lifeblood of the city, courses through its arteries.
Urban Composition | Tokyo, 2011
The sight before is a stark reminder of the metropolis I was in, a creature of steel and glass, meshed together to form something at once beautiful, at once terrifying, a symbol of man’s desire to dominate his environment.
This photo is from an earlier trip to Tokyo in the summer of 2011, see photos of my most recent winter trip here.
Baseball practice at Ueno Park | Tokyo, Japan 2011
Probably the most popular sport in Japan, baseball is clearly a cultural import. Introduced in 1872 by Horace Wilson, it has remained popular ever since.
Children out on excursion | Ueno, Tokyo 2011
With a skip in their step and hands joined, a rowdy rabble of school children in yellow hats passed by, on their way to Ueno Zoo, their teacher at the back like a shepherd watching over his flock of noisy sheep.