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RX1 ∣ Tokyo ∣ 01

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I just got back from a trip to Tokyo, my favorite city to visit. I will resume my photos from Seoul after I share my observations from Tokyo. This will be a five part series. The theme of Part 1 is "People".

 

 
 
At Shibuya station. They are lucky to have such a graphically elegant language.

At Shibuya station. They are lucky to have such a graphically elegant language.

Catching the Narita Express.

Catching the Narita Express.

An attendant readies a train to leave Yoyogi station.

An attendant readies a train to leave Yoyogi station.

Control panel of a JR subway. Many Japanese subways have clear windows into the cockpit.

Control panel of a JR subway. Many Japanese subways have clear windows into the cockpit.

Subway passengers.

Subway passengers.

I've never seen so many commuters reading books. There are more passengers with phones/tablets but a good 30% read actual paper books.

I've never seen so many commuters reading books. There are more passengers with phones/tablets but a good 30% read actual paper books.

Shinjuku station.

Shinjuku station.

Typical exit signage of subway stations.

Typical exit signage of subway stations.

Harajuku station at peak hour.

Harajuku station at peak hour.

By Muji Harajuku.

By Muji Harajuku.

Construction workers in uniform.

Construction workers in uniform.

I couldn't decide what to eat so I followed these guys. The only bad thing I've had in Tokyo.

I couldn't decide what to eat so I followed these guys. The only bad thing I've had in Tokyo.

Students in uniform. 

Students in uniform. 

Tokyo police. They didn't mind me photographing their cars and vans.

Tokyo police. They didn't mind me photographing their cars and vans.

Notice the lights that rise when necessary. Ideal in Tokyo traffic.

Notice the lights that rise when necessary. Ideal in Tokyo traffic.

At Omotesando Hills, a beautiful shopping complex designed by Tadao Ando.

At Omotesando Hills, a beautiful shopping complex designed by Tadao Ando.

Waiting by the restrooms at Omotesando Hills.

Waiting by the restrooms at Omotesando Hills.

Shoppers in Harajuku.

Shoppers in Harajuku.

People of Harajuku have the strangest fashion.

People of Harajuku have the strangest fashion.

Tokyo is apparently a candidate for the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo is apparently a candidate for the 2020 Olympics.

Reading the directory at a mall in Roppongi. 

Reading the directory at a mall in Roppongi. 

People attending a cooking class in Roppongi.

People attending a cooking class in Roppongi.

Tokyo has more smokers than any city I've visited. Smoking rooms in malls are exquisite in result. 

Tokyo has more smokers than any city I've visited. Smoking rooms in malls are exquisite in result. 

Waiting in line for 21_21 Design Sight, a design museum in Roppongi.  

Waiting in line for 21_21 Design Sight, a design museum in Roppongi.
 

21_21. Part 5 will cover the museum in its entirety. 

21_21. Part 5 will cover the museum in its entirety. 

Buying pens at Ginza.

Buying pens at Ginza.

A man repairing a fountain pen. I enjoyed how the Japanese like to preserve as much as progress.

A man repairing a fountain pen. I enjoyed how the Japanese like to preserve as much as progress.

Ginza foot traffic. 

Ginza foot traffic. 

I was half lost and stumbled upon Yasukuni shrine.

I was half lost and stumbled upon Yasukuni shrine.

Business men leaving after a moment of serenity at Yasukuni shrine.

Business men leaving after a moment of serenity at Yasukuni shrine.

Visitors purifying their hands and mouth at Daijingu shrine.

Visitors purifying their hands and mouth at Daijingu shrine.

Visitors to Nakamise, one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan.

Visitors to Nakamise, one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan.

A Nakamise shop owner.

A Nakamise shop owner.

A Buddhist monk begging in Nakamise - apparently a part of the training in some sects.

A Buddhist monk begging in Nakamise - apparently a part of the training in some sects.

Children looking at toys in Nakamise.

Children looking at toys in Nakamise.

Visitors entering a Kichijōji shopping center.

Visitors entering a Kichijōji shopping center.

Satou at Kichijōji. Expect long lines for their delicious fried meat balls.

Satou at Kichijōji. Expect long lines for their delicious fried meat balls.

Waiting to cross at Shibuya.

Waiting to cross at Shibuya.

The great Shibuya crossing.

The great Shibuya crossing.

From the other side.

From the other side.

A flagship Starbucks store at the crossing.

A flagship Starbucks store at the crossing.

Vistors and an attendant at the Yokohama Nissan Gallery.

Vistors and an attendant at the Yokohama Nissan Gallery.