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Knocking Around Tokyo

We spent a couple of days visiting modern architectural landmarks—not a particularly strong interest of mine, which explains the dearth of photos. That and the difficult challenge of photographing large buildings in crowded settings. Steve pointed out a number of interesting buildings and explained the concepts behind their designs, but I couldn't figure out how to capture these ideas with my camera. Besides, Tokyo's most spectacular edifices are jammed shoulder-to-shoulder with nondescript buildings and occasionally share a wall with some real eyesore. Zoning and city planning are weakness in Tokyo.

Below we see a jumble of styles, a visual cacophony.

Cityscape

(In this image, a crowd watches a mime posing as a "thinker.") Winking

I was fascinated by this interior, with its complex girderwork, but I'm ashamed to say that I don't remember its name or location.

Girders

Note the information kiosk sign in English, the new international language of commerce. I think it means, "If you can't read English, you can't afford to shop here."

Jean snapped this shot of a Hummer stretch limousine, an example illustrating that the Japanese are as capable of gross excess as anyone.

Hummer

The driver, no doubt partially Irish, copes with the boredom of waiting for his clients by practicing his jig.

If you look just behind the limo, you can see the roof line of what looks like an Airstream trailer, albeit a short one more in line with a Japanese sense of compactness. Unlike the Hummer.

The sketch of the pine tree is graffiti! Our gangbangers could learn a lot from their Japanese compatriots.

Graffiti
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