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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Lilac, Gold and Red

One of the things I love about big cities is the endless supply of visual feasts and contrasts in colour, forms, style, scale and age. Autumn and winter sunshine always enhance the views.

Tokyo is the place more full of contrasts than anywhere I've ever been with tiny old, wooden buildings next to new, high blocks, bright signs, traditional costume, millions of potted plants next to air conditioner outlets - I could go on. I've been there twice and both times barely slept in the fortnight because my eyes were overstuffed from the daily feasts.

The drinks machines punctuate and light up the city by night. I went in autumn and took a trip out of town where the red and orange maples are similarly overwhelming. One day I would love to go back in spring to see the blossom.


  1. We lived in Japan for three years in the early 70's and I have wondered how much it had changed in all of that time and from your pictures I can see that my Japan in still alive and kicking. Thanks for the pics!!

  2. Oh I hope you get to go back, it's so amazing. I'm sure it changes alot but hopefully the old wooden buildings are preserved.


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