In Search for the Best of Japan. Its People.

If you ask me, what is the best of Japan? My answer will definitely be, its people. After a week during April in this beautiful country I collected my favourite shots of what makes Japan a vibrant mix of old and new, of traditions and modernization. You can find in here a photographic journey in hope to represent what Japan is all about, its people and culture.

 

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A woman spreads incense to her body during morning pray at Senso’ji temple

 

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Businessmen having ramen during lunchtime in Tokyo. This was the first ramen joint I went to as I arrived to the Ginza district. The owner saw me struggling and taught me how to use the machine to ask for food. The plate came 5 minutes later.

 

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Afterwork sushi on a Monday night in Tokyo. The food will find the way to you through a rail-like system.

 

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Tokyo is so vast that even Tokyoans can feel like tourists in their own city.

 

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Young guard at the 54th floor of Tokyo City View building in Roppongi Hills

 

Lovers in Japan

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I am writing this piece as a way to thank Japan for its amazing hospitality. You guys rock!

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Meet 92-year old Nabuo Shigashi. I’m telling you, you got to love Japan. I just arrived to Yamanouchi, Nagano prefecture for the weekend. While walking to my hostel with all my luggage, Nabuo crossed the road to welcome me to his village. He spoke perfect English and we enjoyed a great talk knowing more from each other. If you want to see a video of this, head over to my highlighted “Nagano” stories in Instagram @mercurial_traveler.

It is all about traditions

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Ladies heading in their Yukata attire to the traditional Onsen (hot springs) during the evening in Yamanouchi, Nagano prefecture.

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You can hear the wooden “clink-clank” during the whole evening from people as they walk towards the hot springs in the traditional attires.

 

Unveiling the best of Japan

The land of the rising sun, has a special touch that will open your eyes in a new way you haven’t experienced before. Its culture is so intricate that just like the cherry blossoms, many of its details will leave you without words.

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Children playing under the cherry blossoms in Ueda park, Tokyo.

 

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Met these two women walking toward Zenko-ji temple in Nagano center. I was amazed by how traditions are kept and secretly followed them for a few photographs.

 

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Nagano city
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I love the contrast of tradition and modern while in Japan. Met these guys leaving Zenko-ji temple in style.

It is all about the details

The best of Japan is in the small details. What is interesting for us, is yet routine to millions.

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Tokyoans enjoying breakfast inside the metro station before heading to work

 

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Work days in Tokyo are tough, sleeping in the morning ride to the office is the best way to get ready for what’s coming up.

 

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Even if it means sleeping while standing.

 

It doesn’t matter where you are walking, where you are entering, time of the day or the circumstances, you will find kindness in every smile and passerby. When in Japan, the hundreds of “thank you” you will receive is going to be part of your day 24/7.

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Waitress at a traditional restaurant in Tokyo, always kind, always smiling but did apprehend me when I used my soy sauce for something else than sushi 😉 lesson learned

 

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Carefully prepared Ramen in Nagano train station

 

Ramen time at Nagano station

 

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Ramen is supposed to be fast food in here (the best I’ve ever had, hear that McDonalds). Specially on train stations you eat standing and then head to your ride. Nagano train station.

 

Meet Daichi

I am still speechless, just like when I get a bow from a person who has no idea who I am. I am still without words so I hope my images do the honour this far away land deserves.

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I was sitting on the stairs while at Sensō-ji temple when Daichi came and talked to me. He showed me how to ask for a wish to come true and we spoke for an hour after that.

 

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Daichi is an electronics engineering student with just 1 year left to graduate. He is currently working on his own startup which he was proud of and showed me the first version right there in the street.

A morning stroll in Senso-ji temple

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School girls heading to Senso-ji temple

 

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Morning commuter at Senso’ji temple
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Kids visiting Senso’ji temple during morning hours.

 

Arigatou Gozaimasu Nippon

 

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A special shout out to these amazing women who happily welcomed every person going down from the train with an origami figure. Yudanaka station, Yamanouchi, Nagano prefecture.

 

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japan mercurial travels

japan mercurial travels

japan mercurial travels

You can find in here more pictures of Japan, its amazing people, nature and wildlife. Thank you so much for reading and if you like it please come and say hi to me on Instagram @mercurial_traveler.

-MT

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