Tokyo   And so the sun sunk behind Mt. Fuji, while the ocean of civilization lit up.

  

 

To me Japan was...

 

... prudent and polite tranquility in the streets of a 35-million-metropolis · most modern tomorrows following an ancient past · black suits mingling with quirky Victorian dresses · busy city veins channeling their rush into placid gardens · TOCHO, again and again · busy ant crossings · borrowing a friend's Long Johns · being respectfully kicked out of a secretive manga library · a tiny good deed with unknown outcome.

What's it gonna be to you?

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a glimpse

 

glimpse: WHO’S COUNTING | They say Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing is the world’s busiest; but really, who's counting?

glimpse: BUSY DIZZY | If your job isn’t the job for you, being busy might make you dizzy: fingers stapled to the keyboard, you hastily type your lifetime away, 8hrs a day; the next weekend ever too far, the next vacation further yet, retirement but a remote dream of a dream of a different life; a mirage really, once you reach it heaving 60+ years but having left behind the lightness of your youth. No backspace to slam now. Plagued by angst and inertia, your cellmates in the cubical penitentiary are guilty of the same crime – high stakes trades: contentment for happiness, security for moments, office life for life. And so the self-inflicted sentence will be just that: office life for life. But there is the hope of breaking out – and even this picture is trying to escape its rectangular fence, when you stare at it long enough. 

glimpse: PAPER THIN | The brain renders our reality rather square. Once the messy outside world is funneled through our perception, it is arranged neatly in boxes labeled sensemaking, order, and reason. Just how we like it: little. digestible. bits. of. predictability. beep. The chaos that lurks behind the reality we believe in is unsettling in its uncertainty, so to keep our calm, we keep our distance. But, every now and then our senses run into something the brain cannot wrap its mind around – inexplicable and inescapable glitches in our well organized and highly functional processors that defy our cognition and control with nothing but a cheap trick.

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little odd cosmoses

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Tokyo

Busy, yet quiet; neat, yet quirky.

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Tokyo

 

 

 

 

 

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places / stories

Tokyo / Lingering Alone

the difference between seeing a place and being in a place

 

...everybody is keen on seeing these picture-perfect places, but nobody seems interested in actually being there, in staying in these moments. Peek, cross off the list, move on to the next aisle...

 

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when Night slays Day, we stand in its way

…the last fire in the sky ebbs into paler shades of orange and yellow, before wandering west on the spectrum towards far colors like indigo. Meanwhile, on earth’s surface, civilization flips the switch to side with the day, and bulbs drip into the evanescent stream of hues like florescent droplets…see more

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Office Prison Symmetry

behind bars: office or prison? 

Looking at it from the outside, I can’t help seeing bars in the symmetry that comes with the sterile and institutional blueprints of office buildings around the world. see more

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Northeast Asia

between temples & towers

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neon-rice & snowy white

In a realm so contrasting that it juxtaposes the world's highest peaks with some of its most paradisiacal beaches, there's naturally much to see: gargantuan caves, neon green rice paddies, bizarre monoliths, brackish lagoons, blue lava and a volcano inside a volcano to name but a few.  see more

 

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elsewhere

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in North(east) Asia