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More pictures of the sights in Tokyo.

Looking out of the Sunshine 60 building Shinjuku from the Sunshine 60 building ToktoTower from the Sunshine 60 building

Views from the 60th floor of the Sunshine60 building in Ikebukuro (イケブクロ). This is one of the highest buildings in Tokyo (sounds of New York readers being unimpressed). As you can see, Tokyo sprawls like nothing else. There's no end in sight in any direction. Its really lots of little village cities strung together rising out of the lower buildings; the towers you can see in the center are near the shopping district Shinjuku (シンジュク). The closest I can get to describing that is if you moved Camden Market (NY Chinatown) to Times Square (London Picadilly Circus) and turned the intensity knob up 5 notches. Utter insanity. (more pics to come)

A strange tower in Tokyo Roads from above Arched building - toyota showroom from above

There are lots of interesting buildings to see from up here… That big building is the top of the huge Toyota showroom.

An empty crossing in Shibuya A half full crossing in Shibuya A full crossing in Shibuya

This is one of those archetypical crossings in Japan, where the pedestrian walkway goes over the middle of the crossroads in a X as well as around each side. Each of the first three shots is about 30 seconds apart as the lights change and people fill the crossing like an ocean. This is Shibuya (シブヤ), just outside the station near the statue of Hachiko. I liked Shibuya, more laid back and very interesting windy hilly streets made a nice change from NYC. (anyone who's been there might find me describing it as laid back amusing).

Temple with Bonsai tree A Japanese steam train

More shots from Ueno park, home of the fearless crows. The lake around the back is very relaxing, I managed to get this ridiculous beauty shot of a temple and a Bonsai. Rain is never far away in Tokyo. Actually, a lot of the park is filled with museums, echoing Central Park in New York; that's where the train comes from

Me under lantern at Asakusa Emi at Asakusa Me standing infront of the temple
Asakusa temple Asakusa temple

This is the temple complex at Asakusa. Travelling around with Dean's girlfriend Emi Ito-san who is enjoying a couple of weeks off work before going to learn more English in San Fransisco. (Konichiwa Emi-san!). This is a real touristy place, so I embarassed Emi by making her stand under the lantern and be photographed. Its not often I am a tourist so I had to make the most of it ^_^. Yes, Japanese schoolgirls really do dress as sailors… We had nice Ramen and headed down the river to Odaiba after this.

Nihon-bashi bridge Yokohama at night

Nihon-bashi (ニホンバシ) (literally Japan-bridge) was built in the 1200s and was the point all distances in Japan were originally measured from. The original wooden bridge (seen in many historical dramas) was replaced by this stone structure. The overpass you can see above is typical Japan: its one of the multi-lane express ways built for the 1964 Olympics. To fit all of the roads in, they built them over the rivers and canals. There's lots more of this in Yokohama, a nearby city that Dean and I visited. Its more modern than Tokyo, though I doubt you can tell that from this photo. Tokyo is so big I didn't even realise it was another city at first!

Rainy street Boots the chemist, Tokyo

Lots of sudden rainstorms in Tokyo, and it wasn't even rainy season yet. The rain clears the streets, and everyone starts running around with bags over their heads. The branch of Boots is for the Brits in the audience. That was a surprise!

Rainy street

This is a picture from my last morning, just a few hours after that first one with the vending machines. Dean's pretty hung over.

Looking towards the sleeping platform inside Leopalace Inside Leopalace, looking towards the window View from Dean's window

The inside of Leo Palace, and the view from the window. Pretty much this is the whole place. Enough space for one person, given a couple of funky tricks with the bathroom. Dean's a dab hand at making great 3am miso soup in the tiny kitchen.

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