Friday, March 17, 2017

Eating Out in Japan

We ate very well during our short time in Japan; from the fanciest restaurants, department store noodle bars and everything in between it was clear that Japanese cooks and chefs know what they're doing.  Food was never far away it seemed.  These small pieces of fish were available outside a small tea shop and were complimentary; just grab some chop sticks and get on with it.  The weather was cool and the smoked fish and a small cup of tea was just the thing.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace gardens in Tokyo is everything you'd expect it to be, immaculate, tranquil and timeless.  It is not as old as you might think but it's history is crammed with stories of the Shogun and other iconic historic references.

It's size and location in the heart of Tokyo are such that at one time experts considered the land value of the Imperial Palace site to be greater than the value of all real estate in the state of California.  In this photo a security guard passes by one of the many structures on the palace grounds.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Quiet Time in Tokyo

Despite the congestion and crowds in central Tokyo there are places to decompress and relax.  The gardens at the Imperial Palace for instance are the perfect place for a picnic or a little nap

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tokyo Afternoon

This street scene could just as easily have been photographed in Paris, Milan, New York or London as in Tokyo.  Here, the late afternoon coffee crowd gathers in a modern square a short distance from the Imperial Palace and Gardens.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Imtiaz's Camera Market Tokyo

The selection of used camera equipment at Imtiaz's Camera Market in Tokyo is overwhelming.  Packed into this over flowing little store (the store is about 10' feet wide and 30' feet front to back) is camera equipment of every type and vintage.  There were many tempting things on offer, but one must show some restraint.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Housekeeping in Tokyo

At one point in our journey to Tokyo I remarked to our host that it seemed to me that fairies must come out every night and clean the city.  Despite the enormous population and the density it is one of the cleanest cities I have ever visited.  At home we would expect a taxi driver to have cleaned the car at some point in the hours before picking up a passenger but I dare say that no taxi driver in Edmonton would take the time to dust his car before allowing a passenger to climb aboard.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tsukiji Fish Market Tokyo

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with 37.8 million people living in an area of 2662 square kilometers (6890/square mile - Edmonton by comparison is 319/square mile).  As a result there is not a lot of spare space as evidenced by this restaurant near the Tsukiji Fish Market.  Three seats, a counter and the kitchen all in a space not much bigger than an en suite bathroom in a North American house.