“Traditional Tokyo” : 19th March 2012
You might imagine Japan’s capital to be little more than clusters of skyscrapers above neon-drenched crowded streets, but there are a few surprising pockets of history and tradition that have somehow escaped the cataclysmic fire raids of 1945 and the post-war rush to modernism.
One such enclave is the Koishikawa Korakuen, a traditional Japanese garden set incongruously next to Tokyo Dome baseball stadium. Despite this, the place really is an oasis of tranquillity in which one can completely escape from the noises and crowds outside.
Little vermilion wooden bridges are a mainstay of such landscaped retreats, emphasised here by the reduction of the surroundings to monochrome, and helping to reduce the ‘flatness’ of the image caused by uniform low cloud.
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