Tokyo, a schizophrenic city in the most lovable use of the word. From the busy streets to the serine temples, the noise and craziness of Akihabara to the blissful beat of a monks drum and the sweet smell of incense. Tokyo is a city on extremes, of contrasts and diversity, and it’s why we fell so much in love with it. Here we explore some of those wild contrasts of this crazy city!
One of the things that we absolutely loved about Tokyo was how crazy and loud it could be one moment and then after walking around a corner it could be so serine and peaceful. Tokyo provides the antidote to itself, it balances out, it is yin an yang!
The erratic noises, the beeping, the almost constant manga sound track in the background, the sensory overload that is modern day Japan. To the almost eerie stillness of the temple gardens and the gentle trickle of the purification fountains.
The flashing lights, the colours, sights, sounds and smells up high, low and in every direction. To the entrancing silence of thousands of years of history and the serpent like swirls of smoke filling the air with aromatic incense.
The pounding of feet on Shibuya crossing, the buzz of the spaghetti like electricity pylons above your head. To the clacking of the wooden prayer emas in the humid breeze and the cawing of the jungle crows in the ancient twisted trees.
The murmur of mobile phone chatter, the rush of a metro train filled to capacity. To the rhythmic beat of a monks drum and the humming of the shinto prayers.
The flashing lights and the noise of buttons clicking and coins dropping in the arcades. To the overwhelming calmness of a shinto temple and gentle clapping of the visiting faithful as they bow below the shimmering frescos.
Tokyo, a wonderful mixture of new and old, exhibiting beauty in chaos and calm, noise and silence. A true exploration for mild, body and soul!
Have you ever been to a place full of contrasts?
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Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.