What a view. Departing from Haneda Airport this March, you have a stellar perspective onto the worlds largest city. Was a beautiful sunny day, with first cherry blossoms appearing in all the parks.
It just does not seem to end. And Mount Fuji ( 富士山) looks like it was almost part of the city (while being 150km outside).
It took me about 8 months living in Tokyo to finally get see the infamous Tsukiji fish market near the Tokyo bay. After visiting it, I now know why everyone suggests this should be on top of your Tokyo bucket list. Take some time in the early morning hours to freely roam the area. Through all the small pathways with hundreds of merchants, each of them with different kinds of fish.
You will see everything from the tiniest snails, to gigantic Tuna (really: you would not believe how huge they are. It takes a big Katana (日本刀) to get the soft red meat, so smooth it will melt on your tongue, out of this monster of an animal. One of them will cost a merchant many thousand ¥ to buy themselves, so you could see the pride on some of their faces when they had one of them in their tiny merchant booths.
It was the third time that I visited the summit of Mount Fuji (富士山), Japan. But this magical and unique place has something new for it’s visitors. Each time they come back, each time they decide to overcome many hours of tough efforts, doing the climb to 4000 meters height in total black darkness: a new face of Mount Fuji presents itself.
This time, Mount Fuji showed me what my Japanese friends called Unkai – 雲海 – “the sea of clouds“. You have hiked above the clouds, you have hiked above everything there is on this world. You are now in between. Beneath you, there are still some light visible that the gigantic city of Tokyo projects into the sky, giving it an aura like look. But above: The most crystal sky of stars and infinite clarity. And you’re in this pitch black surrounding – everything you see next to you is black rock, black volcano sand. This moment and physical challenge give you a humble feeling that everything beneath you just mean nothing – and that there is still an entire universe of space, time and thought above you.
You’re above everything, just to notice, just to get humble, that you’re still below everything.
The dry soil of Death Valley. Nevada, USA. October 2014.on 500px
The view at night on to Downtown and northern Manhattan, as seen from the Empire State Building observatory.
This picture concludes my US traveling for this year. Done many pictures during the trip that await to be selected, edited and posted. Stay tuned.
25. September – 15. October 2014:
– San Fransisco
– California State Route 1
– Yosemite National Park
– Death Valley National Park
– Antelope Canyon
– Grand Canyon National Park
– Las Vegas
– Venice Beach / Los Angeles
– New York
Thank you McKenna, Natalie, Konstantin, Victoria, Charlotte & Alice.
A cosplay artist doing Poison Ivy cosplay, a famous comic character. Comic Con New York, October 2014.
During my stay in New York, I stopped by at the Con fair to take some portraits of cosplay artists at the venue. A friendly, colorful celebration of comic and fantasy characters.
A police officer watching an intersection. Shinjuku, Tokyo. Canon 5D Mark III, 135mm f/2.
This time some more scenes and abstract pictures. Less portraits for now. Have only two days left in Tokyo, so there will probably be one more posting with pictures from here. Time just flies by here. Looking forward to see how my next travel destinations in the US: SF and NYC differ from the street experience of Tokyo.
What I am looking forward as well is how the cities… sound different. I can only recommend to sometimes stop, or slowly walk, and actively listen to a city. Listen to it’s nature and soul. It feels like it was a huge animal that never ceases to grumble. It never stops. May these be some inspiration how Tokyo looks – and sounds like.
A young japanese woman entering a store at the side of the street. Shibuya / Tokyo. Canon 5D Mark III, 135mm f/2.
We continue to explore the many streets of Tokyo. Although I have lived here for 6 months in 2013, it feels like there are an infinite amount of places to discover. And known places to re-discover, depending on what day and time you go there.