The Beauty of Tokyo

The Beauty of Tokyo

Text & Photos by: Ling Doh Kin / Special thanks: Japan National Tourism Organization Kuala Lumpur Office, Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau(TCVB) - 14 April 2024


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Just before sunset, the observation deck of SHIBUYA SKY teems with activity. The glass railing casts a unique perspective, giving the illusion that visitors are strolling through the heavens.

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In the hush of early morning, a local walks beneath the vibrant red torii gates at Hie Shrine in Akasaka. This sacred place, dating back to 1478, now sits atop a tree-covered hill, providing a peaceful oasis in the midst of the busy office district.

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Zojoji Temple, an ancient temple situated in the shadow of Tokyo Tower, with the setting sun casting a crimson hue on a solitary drifting cloud.

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As I stroll towards the subway station near Zojoji Temple, the magnificent ‘Sanmon’ gate, one of Tokyo’s oldest architectural treasures, stands resplendent in a mesmerising silhouette against the backlight. The enchanting dance of light and shadow left an indelible impression on my lens.

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Beyond the ‘Sanmon’ gate of Zojoji Temple, a lone cyclist glides-by bathed in the alluring muted morning rays.

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Every mid-September, the three-day Akasaka Hikawa Festival unfolds. Dressed in traditional attire, local residents flock to the streets, carrying ornate shrines in a vibrant procession.

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Amidst the urban giants of towering skyscrapers, TOKYO SKYTREE graces the cityscape with an air of elegance, standing out as a striking beacon. The clouds add a sense of theatrical grandeur.

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As neon lights replace the sun, the residents of Shinjuku and Otsuka take to the streets, pedalling their bicycles with the city’s vibrant energy.

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In Otsuka, I encountered a warm and welcoming tea seller offering a unique “earl grey of green tea.” Though our communication was limited, the universal language of laughter bridged any gaps. 

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This photograph is among my favourites as it beautifully encapsulates the quintessential essence of Tokyo - a seamless fusion of tradition and modernity.

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Shortly before 9am at Zojoji Temple, a monk tends to the shrine’s entrance, ushering in the day’s first guests.

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Ling Doh Kin
Photographer, travel writer, founder of Bigfoottraveller.com.
Author of award-winning travelogue “On a journey with you”.
www.lingdohkin.com  

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