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Japan: A Study in Colour.

Words and Photography by James Weber

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I recently spent two months travelling around Japan, the land of the rising sun. It is an experience I will never forget. I could wander Tokyo for an eternity and still find new areas to explore, the city being so vast and sprawling, with endless laneways forming an intriguing urban maze. Photo opportunities appear at every turn, with Tokyo’s colourful streets being particularly enjoyable to capture on camera. Here are my impressions of this vibrant and intriguing country.

The huge torii gate is the characteristic symbol of Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima island, off the coast of Hiroshima. When the tide is in, the gate appears to be floating on the water and is commonly referred to as the 'floating torii gate'.
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The huge torii gate is the characteristic symbol of Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima island, off the coast of Hiroshima. When the tide is in, the gate appears to be floating on the water and is commonly referred to as the 'floating torii gate'.

Located near Shinjuku station, Memory Lane is full of food stalls that sell some great food in the evening and a lively atmosphere. During the daytime, it is eerily quiet despite being in the middle of Shinjuku, with only a few people walking through it.
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Located near Shinjuku station, Memory Lane is full of food stalls that sell some great food in the evening and a lively atmosphere. During the daytime, it is eerily quiet despite being in the middle of Shinjuku, with only a few people walking through it.

Walking around Tokyo, there are numerous train crossings with trains approaching every 10 minutes. The characteristic bell sound as the train approaches can be heard from some distance as the barriers lower down.
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Walking around Tokyo, there are numerous train crossings with trains approaching every 10 minutes. The characteristic bell sound as the train approaches can be heard from some distance as the barriers lower down.

The only temple in Kyoto where one is allowed to walk around inside is Kennin-ji. Having stumbled across this temple by accident, navigating the complex hallways provides a sense of enlightenment and a zen atmosphere when sitting on the straw tatami mats looking at the garden.
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The only temple in Kyoto where one is allowed to walk around inside is Kennin-ji. Having stumbled across this temple by accident, navigating the complex hallways provides a sense of enlightenment and a zen atmosphere when sitting on the straw tatami mats looking at the garden.

Sensō-ji Temple is located on the east side of Tokyo. Many visitors visit the shrine each day to pay their respects, with huge numbers visiting during the festivals. Walking up to the main shrine, a long street is lined with stalls filling the air with the delicious smell of food and drinks.
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Sensō-ji Temple is located on the east side of Tokyo. Many visitors visit the shrine each day to pay their respects, with huge numbers visiting during the festivals. Walking up to the main shrine, a long street is lined with stalls filling the air with the delicious smell of food and drinks.

The ten thousand torii gates (Senbon Torii) of Fushimi Inari Taisha in southern Kyoto, line the main path leading to the summit of Mt. Inari. At twilight, the lamps are turned on to create that magical, mystical atmosphere, and if one stays around long enough, one could catch a glimpse of a shinto priest carrying out his last duties of the day.
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The ten thousand torii gates (Senbon Torii) of Fushimi Inari Taisha in southern Kyoto, line the main path leading to the summit of Mt. Inari. At twilight, the lamps are turned on to create that magical, mystical atmosphere, and if one stays around long enough, one could catch a glimpse of a shinto priest carrying out his last duties of the day.

Commuters wait at the crossing outside the JR station in Osaka. With a lot of road traffic in Osaka, crossings occur every five minutes, meaning a quick dash across if in a rush for the train.
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Commuters wait at the crossing outside the JR station in Osaka. With a lot of road traffic in Osaka, crossings occur every five minutes, meaning a quick dash across if in a rush for the train.

A dense bamboo forest on the western side of Kyoto, known as Arashiyama, is the perfect place for admiring the huge, tall bamboos. When a gentle breeze passes by, the bamboos move all together in synchrony and sound like the forest is speaking.
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A dense bamboo forest on the western side of Kyoto, known as Arashiyama, is the perfect place for admiring the huge, tall bamboos. When a gentle breeze passes by, the bamboos move all together in synchrony and sound like the forest is speaking.

Akihabara, also known as Electric Town, is a district in Tokyo known for all things electronics, anime, manga and videogames.  On a Sunday between 1pm and 6pm, the main street in Akihabara is closed to traffic, allowing shoppers to roam freely without hindrance.
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Akihabara, also known as Electric Town, is a district in Tokyo known for all things electronics, anime, manga and videogames. On a Sunday between 1pm and 6pm, the main street in Akihabara is closed to traffic, allowing shoppers to roam freely without hindrance.

Published on November 3, 2017
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