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Japan Photo Diary

I visited Kyoto and Tokyo in late 2016, and recently came across some of the photos that I shot while I was there. What stood out for me most about Japan was how modernity and culture coexisted in perfect harmony, one never outshining the other, but rather, complementing one another to create a richness in the society that I really admired. I suppose this was also reflected in various aspects of urban Japanese society – Tokyo was incredibly bustling and fast-paced, but underneath it all, that sense of mindfulness still came through.

I also had tons of fun exploring Tokyo’s thriving thrift and vintage culture. My favourite find? Pressed blooms against a preserved newspaper clipping from 18th century France. I found it at a market in Shibuya, sold by a Japanese collector now based in Paris.

Scroll down to take a look at some of my favourite moments!

A traditional wedding procession at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Nigatsu-dō at Tōdai-ji, a temple in Nara, Japan

Nigatsu-dō at Tōdai-ji, a temple in Nara, Japan

Nigatsu-dō at Tōdai-ji, a temple in Nara, Japan

Friendly deer at Nara Park in Japan

Kinkaku-ji Zen temple in Kyoto, Japan

Kinkaku-ji Zen temple in Kyoto, Japan

At the Kinkaku-ji Zen temple in Kyoto, Japan

Gion district in Kyoto, Japan

View of Mount Fuji from Kawaguchiko

A vintage market near Shibuya in Tokyo, JapanVintage ware found at Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan Vintage ware found at Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan

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