Omoide Yokocho (memory lane) – also known as Piss Alley – is a small network of alleyways along the tracks of Shinjuku Station. The narrow lanes are filled with dozens of tiny eateries serving ramen, soba, sushi, yakitori… Past heaven for salary men, it now mostly consists of Chinese staff serving food for tourists.
Soon a decade in Japan so I thought it would be time to try gathering my best pictures somewhere and perhaps publish a book. This is going to be a long project given the few 10,000’s of pictures I need to go through… But anyway, first step, instagram : https://instagram.com/japan_pictorial/
Crazy amount of snow in Shiga-Kogen. Above 1m of snowfall overnight. Had a lot of “fun” digging the car out !
The roof of Meji Jingu in Tokyo: beautiful architecture.
Beautiful Sunset from my favourite observation platform in Tokyo ! Interesting how Mt. Fuji appears in the background as the sun moves.
Coming of Age : when Japanese girls turn 20 !
Elaborated architecture and sophisticated roof tiles from the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko.
New Year visit to the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko – sadly, the main building was under renovation :(
The lanterns of the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko.
Freezing my ass with Tokyo Street View to shoot pictures & videos in the middle of a blizzard !
At an altitude of 1400 meters above sea level, the Senjogahara Marshland (戦場ヶ原) covers the plateau between Lake Chuzenji and Yumoto Onsen. Beautiful in Autumn, the marshland also offers a fantastic sight in Winter… but be prepared, it can be extremely cold and windy, like on that day !
With deserted roads, new year is a good opportunity to go for a drive !
Doesn’t this look perfect?
Stunning view of Tokyo from the observation platform at Tokyo Skytree on a clear morning in winter !
French fries in an Italian restaurant: with sun dried tomatoes! Was really good.
A few night shots of the Tokyo cityscape at night.
Dear Readers, may this coming year bring you happiness, health and wealth !
Enjoying mountains roads with snow tires and AWD :)
Back in Jigokudani Monkey Park once more : just 280km away from Tokyo !
The Atomic Bomb Dome memorial in Hiroshima.
Always a moving visit.
My first time-lapse: a beautiful sunrise over Tokyo compressed in 90s: 2700 pictures shot from 4:30am to 8:30am ! Music from http://www.bensound.com.
Year end rush + switch to MAC OS + change of web hosting company = huge photo backlog to process and upload… Stay tuned !
Early autumn in Tokyo.
Tokyo Tower and the Mori Tower of Roppongi Hills at night.
A few long exposure shots at Roppongi Hills, including the entrance to Mori Tower and Maman, the spider.
Shibuya on a Monday morning with Taxis and Yamanote-sen in the background.
Took this one while walking the Shibuya crossing !
The famous Shibuya building, bathed in morning sunlight.
Morning scene in Shibuya.