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snow city

This winter’s first snowfall came a little early, spoiling the party for many a twenty-year-old dressed up to celebrate their coming of age on 成人の日 (seijin no hi).

While parts of Japan are famous for the quality of their powder snow, snow in the city of Tokyo is not that common and when it does fall, there isn’t usually that much of it. Yesterday, though, the kanto area was, according to news reports, blanketed with some 40 centimetres of the stuff.

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Prada Epicenter

This year, mapp : : tokyo has been busily snapping scenes on the streets of Tokyo to publish on our instagram/mapptokyo stream. Many other talented photographers have also been publishing their visions of Tokyo and beyond to their preferred online services.

In the spirit of end of year ’best of’ lists, and in spite of the recent controversy Instagram has generated, mapp : : tokyo revisits a year of Instagram photos and highlights some of our favorite Japanese photographers.

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Ginza is a great neighbourhood to explore in Tokyo. It has a refined, cosmopolitan character with a bright, shiny exterior and old-world soul.

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Tokyo: a vast city, with so many things to see; so much to do. What follows is one of dozens of possible “best of” to do lists for this city. Individually, these places and experiences offer glimpses of Tokyo’s unique culture; taken as a whole, they should provide a multi-faceted view of the city to a first-time visitor.

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A photographer in Tokyo will never struggle to find an arresting sight or interesting composition to shoot. The photos in this post focus on architecture, in particular the shapes, lines and perspectives that form the building blocks and syntax of the buildings and other structures in the cityscape: cubes, planes, pipes, grids, triangles, cones and ellipses. For a bit of fun, and to add drama and emphasis to the images’ shapes, all the photos have been given the lo-fi treatment with various photo enhancement apps. 

torii : shinjuku

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Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa is a center of the city’s undergound culture. It’s one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, but in an unselfconscious way and with an easy rock’n’roll attitude. It’s a rough gem, lacking the polish of its neighbors, but unique and all the more appealing for it.

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Japan’s workforce is known for its hard-working ethos. OECD data calculated that the average worker in Japan in 2009 clocked up 1714 hours, but unofficially members of the nation’s full-time workforce put in many more hours than that. Employees routinely work many hours of sābisu zangyo, サービス残業, – or unpaid ‘service’ overtime, workplace culture sees staff idling away evening hours at their desks because the boss hasn’t left the office yet, annual leave days remain unused and karōshi, 過労死, – death from overwork, and suicide are unnaturally common among the working and salaried classes. In Tokyo, the pace is hectic most days of the week, with well-dressed workers running to train platforms, salarymen and women spilling out of station exits and into tower buildings, businesspeople rushing around the city’s streets and working on documents and files in cafes and restaurants.


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