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Shinagawa Shrine – a photographer’s guide

Shinagawa Shrine is near Shinagawa Station.  You’d think both would be in Shinagawa Ward.  Well, the station is in Minato Ward.  Did you know that?  It is a funny fact.  Let’s get back on track and talk about the shrine. Shinagawa Shrine is a good place for photographers.  I wouldn’t place it up there with …

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Hotel Nikko, Tokyo Bay and Shinagawa Port area at sunset

The best photography guide to Hachitama Observatory

In Tokyo, there are many observatories to enjoy some fantastic city views. Many have something unique. So does Fuji Television’s Hachitama Observatory. It is on top of a TV station. From it, you can enjoy the waterfront, Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, and the rest of the city skyline. It’s pretty incredible. Rainbow Bridge dominates the …

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Tokyo city skyline seen in the evening from Sky Circus Sunshine 60

A photographer’s guide to Sky Circus Sunshine 60

Atop one of Tokyo’s oldest skyscrapers, Sunshine 60, is the Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory.  At two hundred and fifty meters above the ground, it offers a 360⁰ view of the city.  I enjoy it even with its quirks.  Photographers should enjoy it. At first glance, the views from its windows are very panoramic.  In …

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My thoughts on Tokyo’s teamLab Borderless

TeamLab Borderless was the world’s first museum dedicated to digital art.  It’s not the typical type with fixed exhibits.  This one is full of brilliant, colorful displays in a state of constant motion.  You can understand why the Instagrammer and smartphone generation loves it.   Technologically, it’s incredible.  The 10,000 square meter space uses projectors and …

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statue of General Maresuke Nogi with small boy at Nogi Shrine

Nogi Shrine – a beautiful home for a hero

I discovered Nogi Shrine in a roundabout way.  Many years ago, I enjoyed a pleasant walk through Aoyama Cemetery with a friend.  She knew I liked military history and pointed out one grave.  It was for a general, Maresuke Nogi.  He fought during the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905 and, years later, committed suicide.  He was …

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Yokohama Landmark Tower skyscraper with Sky Garden at top

Sky Garden has amazing views of Yokohama

Sky Garden sits atop YokohamaLandmark Tower.  It’s about a forty-minute train ride from Shibuya.   While that might be a little far for some, I think it is worth going for its amazing views.  Cityscape photographers will love it.  And it is probably the most photographer-friendly observatory in Japan! The observatory is atop the Yokohama …

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