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Photo: Shibuya Foodshow court. Giving it a deep thought and choosing the right kind of pastry is a national pastime.

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Week 1 - Tokyo
Week 2 - Tokyo,Kanto
Week 3 - Nikko
Week 4 - Tokyo
Week 5 - Kyoto
Week 6 - Osaka,Nara
Week 7 - Tokyo,Kanto
Week 8 - Hokkaido

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The Modern Japan - cities alive, the amazing realities of today's Japan

The People of Japan - when you're through with turning your head

Japanese Parks, Gardens and Nature - when you saw enough people aleady

Hostoric and Ancient Japan - visual tour of traditions

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The Modern Japan
21st century transportation, people, pop culture, cities and architecture
Japanese Fashion
The theme of the album is... the same as the title suggests. Things that probably everyone likes... only that some live in denial. Regardless of location and sometimes even quantity, the idea is to have fun finding things you can pack your memories and emotions into. Sometimes without noticing what you're doing.
Japan Train
Scenes of train stations that the people who live among them consider a given. Convenient and fast with the looks and services of an airport, Tokyo, and Japan in general probably has the most advanced rail system in the world. And with a network so sophisticated that ( some may think "unfortunately"... ) you can travel directly from platform to platform to any part of the country.
Tokyo, Shibuya
Young and energetic entertainment, shopping and fashion district with views everyone has seen at least once. Often the world debut stage for music, movies, and games, vibrant and never boring.
Tokyo, Shinjuku
The heart of Tokyo, Japan, and probably one of the most famous cities in the world. A more adult version of Shibuya, shopping, dining and entertainment district, and home of the gigantic and calm imperial park.
Tokyo, Harajuku
Trendy and cult fashion district for everyone who likes to be stylish. World famous for extravagance in people and even food, and the number of boutiques per square meters is matched nowhere else in the world.
Tokyo, Odaiba, Tamachi, Tokyo Teleport
Another huge project of architectural wonders, populating the entire Odaiba Bay. Home of the Rainbow Bridge, amusement parks, business centers, clubs and the Fuji TV broadcast center.
Yokohama
South of Tokyo, with a population of 3 million people. A huge port city with a gigantic collection of 21st century architecture at the Minato Mirai complex. Also hosts many museums and parks by the bay, and the main attraction, a sparkling gold, red and blue chinatown catering to the entire Kanto region.
Literally.
Osaka
The heart of Kansai, and probably the second most important city of Japan, Osaka is a one-of-a-kind modern merchant city with an attitude. People speak kansaiben ( kansai dialect ) which somehow has the same ring as their lifestyle... they are friendly, loud, upfront, and like to live out things. Osaka is also the proof of the fact that if you eat a lot of healthy food and don't stress yourself, you'll grow up to be tall, cheerful and healthy.
Kyoto
Has been the capital of Japan for many times and thus it's well guarding its cultural and architectural history. Offers more beautiful temples and shrines than any other place, which now coexist with the modern age centers in a nice blend.
Sapporo
The largest city and the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, it's a place that the word spacious can describe best. Its geography is unique to other cities as it was planned well ahead during its foundation in the 19th century. Almost 2 million people come and go on the gridlined streets to the gigantic shopping, dining and business center around the train station in the north, to the entertainment districts including Susukino on the south, and Odori koen in the middle. Its most famous icons include the TV Tower, the Odori park itself, the colonization-era buildings of Akarenga and the Tokei-dai ( clock tower ), the Sapporo Beer-en, Japan's first beer brewery, and the view from Moiwa yama.
The People of Japan
Slice of life portraits from the streets of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and more
Japanese People
Slice of life snapshot portraits from the streets of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and other notable cities in Japan. Catch a glimpse of the everydays of the people living in the country, get an idea on major fashion trends, young people meeting up, people shopping for groceries, waiting for trains, having fun at parks, festivals, in downtown or the arcades... see traditional, cultic and extreme outfits, and basically... just get a general idea on what it's like to be sucked up in this part time social, part time crowded part time familylike atmosphere.

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Japanese Fashion
The theme of the album is... the same as the title suggests. Things that probably everyone likes... only that some live in denial. Regardless of location and sometimes even quantity, the idea is to have fun finding things you can pack your memories and emotions into. Sometimes without noticing what you're doing.
Japanese Parks, Gardens and Nature
Remote escapes, natural landscapes, classic and/or practical in-town green islands
Japanese Gardens
Some are wonderfully well maintained little escapes within the city, some are several hundred years old places of worship. But in fact most of them are both.
Noboribetsu
Japan is world famous for its bathing culture and spas, and within Japan the most famous attraction is definitely Noboribetsu Onsen. Located deep within a volcanic mountain range is the tourist center with nothing but hotels, spas, restaurants and shops catering to the people arriving from all over the country. The water is supplied from the nearby natural hot springs, visiting its origin is an attraction itself. Only about ten minutes away from the center you are already deep within Jigokudani ( Hell valley ), and not much further you can see the active volcano Hiyoriyama and its lakes, Oyunuma and Okunoyu, all of them offering views on nature you'll never forget.
Nikko
The nicest place to get faraway yet stay close. Two hours north of Tokyo, with world heritage Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and the forests of the Nikko national park.
Kyoto, Arashiyama
The northwestern area of Kyoto, with its own train lines leading to an unbelievable district of Buddhist temples, bamboo groves, hillside gardens, Shinto shrines and the colorful atmospheric facilities around the stations catering to the visitors who arrive from all over Japan.
Kyoto, Kurama, Kibune
The cute twin valleys hidden on the northernmost of Kyoto offer an unforgettable walk by Kibune river, with classic ryokans ( Japanese inns ) and restaurants built in complete harmony with their surroundings, and a traditional onsen ( hot spring spa ) in Kurama.
Tokyo, Komagome, Rikugien
Rikugien, beautifully maintained historic traditional Japanese gardens and strolls displaying famous scenes in all seasons. Located in Komagome.
Kamakura
A popular field trip destination with lots of historic temples and shrines... of which none are covered here. Since it's also at the ocean-side with a well-equipped beach offering views you just can't catch deep inside the mainland.
Tokyo, Shinbashi
Shiodome is home to the recently completed project the SIO-SITE with 21st century high-rise apartment complexes, hotels, media broadcast centers and malls. At the Tokyo Bay end you'll find the Hama-Rikyu gardens with breathtaking views.
Tokyo, Yoyogi
In between Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku, home of the Meiji Jingu shrine and its surrounding gardens, as well as the Yoyogi park, the Yoyogi stadium and a colorful lot of people visiting.
Tokyo, Ueno
Travel back to the 20th century to see more relaxed but somewhat late scenes of Tokyo. Ueno park is home to many museums, galleries and a zoo, while the Ameya Yokocho shopping arcade gives you an idea of the old fashioned downtown markets.
Tokyo, Nippon Budokan, Kitanomaru Koen
Huge park in the heart of the city, only minutes away from the Imperial Palace. Home of the Nippon Budokan national martial arts hall.
Historic and Ancient Japan
Age of places of the past, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, castles and palaces
Kyoto, Arashiyama
The northwestern area of Kyoto, with its own train lines leading to an unbelievable district of Buddhist temples, bamboo groves, hillside gardens, Shinto shrines and the colorful atmospheric facilities around the stations catering to the visitors who arrive from all over Japan.
Nara
Also a past capital, probably the No. 1 destination for school trips for its calm strolls of historic sights. Has the second highest density of temples and shrines to Kyoto, but being one tenth in size is much more relaxed. Most famous for the Daibutsu Den ( hall of the great Buddha ) and Nara Koen ( park ) which takes up the entire eastern area. Filled with deer walking about freely, not paying you attention unless you possess shika-senbei crackers.
Nikko
The nicest place to get faraway yet stay close. Two hours north of Tokyo, with world heritage Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and the forests of the Nikko national park.
Buddhist Temple, Shinto Shrine
See a digest album on only Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples from all around the country. From the places of worship tied to exceptional natural scenes to local spiritual havens under the shadows of modern Tokyo skyscrapers, these scenes have been present in the country since ages and are bound to remain there for a couple more, for they are in fact as popular amongs all kind of people as they've ever been.
Japanese Lanterns
An excerpt from many albums to showcase both traditional paper and stone lanterns. One of the things you'd never notice to be of such importance until you travel far away from the country and start to miss them.
Pagoda
Another excerpt from the collection this time on the graceful design of pagodas. Mostly seen at buddhist temples, these unmistakingly recognizable icons watch over the coutyard of many well known historic sights.
Japanese Architecture
A more general album ( thus probably overlapping many previous ones ) that gathers many scenes from places that still give off the ( more than ) thousand-years old traditions of human meddled stone and wood.

Kyoto
Has been the capital of Japan for many times and thus it's well guarding its cultural and architectural history. Offers more beautiful temples and shrines than any other place, which now coexist with the modern age centers in a nice blend.

Narita
Narita is not a part of Tokyo, in fact it is about two hours away by train if you don't pay for the express. But nonetheless well worth a visit by everyone for its relaxed countryside streets and alleys. Home of a beautiful, large Buddhist temple-complex on Narita-san, and a tourist-oriented but cute all the same main street.
Tokyo, Akasaka, Akasakamitsuke
Home of Hie Jinja ( shrine ) and its famous torii, or shrine gates, that lead up to the top of the hill. Mainly a business center with an atmospheric entertainment and dining district for the nearby residents - thus somewhat close to Roppongi in feeling.
Tokyo, Yoyogi
In between Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku, home of the Meiji Jingu shrine and its surrounding gardens, as well as the Yoyogi park, the Yoyogi stadium and a colorful lot of people visiting.
Osaka Castle, Central Osaka
The most famous historic sight in Osaka, the Osaka castle stands right in the middle of the city, equally far from the business complexes and the busy station of Umeda ( North Osaka ) and the unbelievably vibrant entertainment districts of Namba, Ebisubashi and Dotonbori ( South Osaka ). It's surrounded by its own huge park and is neighboring the Osaka Business Park.
Tokyo, Asakusa, Azumabashi
Home of Senso-ji temple, Asakusa shrine and the Azumabashi bridge, the most famous historic views of Tokyo. Also the ideal place to buy classic souvenirs and see a wide variety of tourists.
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Some selected photos that we found to be interesting when put aside each other
Tokyo Tower
The most famous icon of Tokyo, overlooking the city in all directions, offering a perfect view on how vast it actually is.
Tokyo, Ginza
Elite and somewhat snobbish shopping and entertainment district, mainly for wealthier audience. Hidden in the smaller streets you will find all the necessary scenes and stars for a movie about a never-existed Tokyo.
Jitensha, Bicycles in Japan
Bicycles. Infiltrated human society for ages and keep on prospering. Advice for people who don't ride one, don't try to evade them, they'll evade you.
Japanese Bridge
Both traditional and modern examples on how to pass over rivers, roads, other bridges, houses, cliffs or just about anything. Made for trains, cars, people or simply just for decoration, beautiful and functional mirror images of the trends in architecture.
Otaru
Only half an hour away from Sapporo, an ideal place to go out hunting for ( interesting ) food. Its main attraction apart of a large number of kani ( crab ) and fresh sushi restaurants is the seaside where a colonization-era scene is photographed by thousands of tourists each day. The canal and its surrounding buildings bring up a feeling of the 19th century... Germany.
Osaka, Shinsekai
Shinsekai means New World, which conveys its purpose of being built as a new age entertainment and dining district... back in 1969. It strictly stayed the way it was. Now it's an amazing retro area with great dining, an ideal place to see how ( depressing ) the architecture was back then. But most importantly it's the home of the famous icon of Osaka, the Tsutenkaku tower.
Tokyo, Akihabara
For those whom this name rings a bell no introduction is needed. For those who don't know, they probably shouldn't go there. The world center of Anime, Manga, Games and electronics with a strong pushover style.
Tokyo, Shimokita
Hidden on the map but known to everyone who cares, the south gate exit opens to streets with the best shops for high-school age and young adults. A likable guide for fashion, music, books, clubs, and independent theaters.
Tokyo, Ebisu
Home of Ebisu Garden place, a recently built very stylish looking shopping, dining and business complex. Less busy than the neighboring Shibuya, and hidden around the huge station the streets showcase some of the best clubs and restaurants.
Tokyo, Kanda, Ochanomizu, Jinbocho
Scenes from Jinbocho, or "Book Town", and its more relaxed surroundings, of universities and students in Kanda district.
Tokyo, Odaiba, Tamachi, Tokyo Teleport
Another huge project of architectural wonders, populating the entire Odaiba Bay. Home of the Rainbow Bridge, amusement parks, business centers, clubs and the Fuji TV broadcast center.
Tokyo, Nippon Budokan, Kitanomaru Koen
Huge park in the heart of the city, only minutes away from the Imperial Palace. Home of the Nippon Budokan national martial arts hall.
Shinkansen to Kyoto
En route to Kyoto encounter some of the most beautiful landscapes of the country as a comfortable real-time slideshow. Views include Fuji san ( mount Fuji ) as well as some typical countryside moments.
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