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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:47 AM   #1
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Amazing Tokyo

Went to Tokyo to give a seminar talk. Walked around the city for a day.. Here are the pictures:

Night views from 14th floor of a building on campus. The university is in Roopongi, the trendy neighborhood of Tokyo.










In the morning, I realized the campus is right by a US base:


I was brave enough to walk from Roppongi to Meiji Ginku (Shrine of Emperor Meiji) without a map... Ok, I checked google map before hand.. but still..

random street views:


Even a safe city like Tokyo has bad guys.. hehe..

That graffiti in Japanese is cool..

More random street views:


Omotesando is the wide road connecting Meiji Ginku to the city. Taipei has Zhongshan North Road that feels exactly like this road.






Outside the Meiji Ginku is a railway station and magnificent view of Shinjuku


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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:47 AM   #2
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In the Shrine


This big thing was made by trees from Taiwan..


In a busy city, the shrine feels like a natural forest


The main building with Shinjuku skyscraper invading the view






Must be a school trip. There were a ton of JP kids in the shrine:


Many people have many good words to say


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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:48 AM   #3
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More Meiji Jingu:
At 9am, people in traditional dress gathered in the temple to clean. They prayed and sang hymns before hand.








A video of them singing the hymn

Not sure how it works, but I think in Japanese culture, emperors are also Gods (that's why they pray for blessing).



Forgot to say you are supposed to wash your hands before entering the shrine
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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:48 AM   #4
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After Meiji Jingu, I tried to walk to Shinjuku, the CBD of Tokyo but got completely lost. Shouldn't have followed cute JP kids with uniform


Walked by this building that I think is also related to Meiji.


Map with Graffiti didn't help as all roads are curvy.


Subways are insanely complicated that a grown up adult would have burst into tears upon seeing the map.


The ubiquitous vending machine is not saved from Japanese people's creativity


Japanese are among the most orderly people I have ever seen (but during my stay, a member of the famous group, SMAP, got so drunk in Roppongi, walked around naked and was arrested. Too bad I was already in bed.. :p)


Arrived at Shinjuku:


How come I never know the existence of this building?


This building makes that one under construction in Shenzhen looks like a knockoff.


Shinjuku feels like any other downtown of an American city


The only difference is here, men walked around in uniforms that are too much like ants
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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:50 AM   #5
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Went to the observation deck on Roppongi Hills: Magnificent day for pictures:
Roppongi Hills is developed by Muri (or Mori?) who also developed the SWFC.

Tokyo tower:


Close up:


Even more details:




The emperor's residence


He's waving to say hi

That art-decoy building by the modern one is the parliament.

Buildings in the old part of the city are dense, but not tall:


The building to the right is the famous Tokyo Midtown


Moving towards Shinjuku. In another big park sits the state guest house:


Shinjuku has a skyline like LA

The architecture at the bottom is the new National Art Musuem
That heliport id part of the US army base.

Closer:


Close up of my favorite Tokyo building:


That green park by the army base is actually a cemetery


On the ground, it indeed looks a lit bit spooky


I was in Meiji Jungu in the morning


Tokyo roads are curvy likey Boston and London




Tiny patch of green. Doraemon and Nobi can be playing inside


Mount Fuji is in the cloud


Some more to come
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Old April 28th, 2009, 04:37 AM   #6
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Great photographs - we never get enough Tokyo photos on the forum!

Some odd comparisons between countries and cities though. I didn't get the feeling of "American" or any other nation beyond Japan when looking at your photos. Most of the photos feel uniquely Japanese.

Anyway, I look forward to more!
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Old April 28th, 2009, 04:46 AM   #7
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Amazing...for sure!
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Old April 28th, 2009, 05:54 AM   #8
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Tokyo, indeed one of world's greatest city (or the greatest). it has almost everything a city should have. how i miss that place so much.....looking forward to return back there...
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Old April 28th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #9
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Nice shots
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Old April 28th, 2009, 07:48 AM   #10
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awesome ...shots...!!
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great picture....from japan culture till tokyo skyline...
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Old April 28th, 2009, 10:26 AM   #12
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Never tire of seeing Tokyo photos, thanks for sharing.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 10:38 AM   #13
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@ hauchyi, what is the name of the university beside the US base?
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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:08 PM   #14
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@ hauchyi, what is the name of the university beside the US base?
Hey, it is Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
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Old April 28th, 2009, 03:36 PM   #15
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Nice shots, we need more Tokyo here on this forum!
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Old April 28th, 2009, 06:54 PM   #16
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Awesome Tokyo thanks for sharing
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Old April 29th, 2009, 01:55 AM   #17
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I'm obsessed with Tokyo
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So do I
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Interesting pictures;
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Old April 29th, 2009, 09:53 PM   #20
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just stunning. to think that you can get such great views from a student apartment!
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