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This massive metropolis brings to your eyes a vision of the new society.

Shortly after arriving JR Tokyo Station I took a look at the subway map. As you can see on the map picture above, it’s overwhelming. I realized that I would need some time to study the maze of tunnels under the city. So, I decided to take a walk out of the underground and explore the surrounding of the Imperial Palace.

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

As this is real current residence of Japan’s Imperial Family, the inner grounds of the palace are not open to the public. There was several tourist waiting at the gates that make me thought that maybe it was temporarily close but the Place only opens a couple of times per year, New Years and Emperor’s Birthday. It was a nice stroll around the gardens but there wasn’t much see bu a really nice view of the skyline of Tokyo…

Tokyo skyline

Tokyo skyline

… and a samurai on horseback that reminded me of the typical equestrian sculpture of Felipe III at Plaza Mayor in Spain.

Samurai on horseback

Samurai on horseback

On the afternoon, I moved to Shinjuku, the commercial and administrative center of Tokyo where you can find the largest number of skyscrapers, luxury hotels, restaurants, cinemas and the busiest pedestrian cross in the word. During rush hour, as many as 2,500 people cross the street at the same time!

Shinjuku korner

Shinjuku pedestrian cross

Have you heard about Japan urban tribes? Ganguro is a fashion style among Japanese youngsters easy spotted for their deep tan skin and bleached or colorful hair. This fashion is against traditional Japanese concept of beauty where pale skin tones are the reference. This look is a kind of revenge against the constraint of Japanese society. These guys were not very happy with my photos so I could not focus well. After a couple of stolen shots I had to run away.

White hair ganguro

Bleached hair ganguro

Not far from there, another picture worth to comment… teenagers on school uniforms, the symbol of eroctisim in Japan to make the delights of the japanese businessmen.

Lolitas looking for fun

Do you study or work?

Next morning I woke up early to have a stroll at Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park Gate

Yoyogi Park Gate

… and shopping time at Takeshita Street. Takeshita Dori is the most famous street in Harajuku area, and widely popular because it’s the home of Japanese Street Fashion. You can’t go to Japan without visiting this street at least once

Takeshita Street gateway

Takeshita Street gateway

Takeshita is filled with teenagers looking for fashion deals. From cloth, make up, and apparels to any kind of accesories.

Lolitas mecca

Lolitas mecca

T-shirts store with a futurist brimming with 500 styles of design and the complete palete of pantone ready for you to choose. For sure, here you will be able to buy the perfect T-shirt to suit your tastes.

Pantone t-shirt shop

Pantone t-shirt shop

Well…this is what I have for Tokyo. I am sure there is way more to show but this is got for a couple of days. I will be back :-)

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