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I look out onto Ben Ledi every day from home….

rain on the mountain

….so when I opened the blinds in my 32nd floor hotel room in Tokyo imagine my surprise when I thought it had followed me!

Tokyo view to the hills

Of course, once I looked more closely I could see it wasn’t Ben Ledi at all, but then again, I’ve never looked out over Tokyo and seen the hills like this before……something new every day!

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City of reflections

reflected ad

When you’re in a city where a lot of the buildings are covered in reflective glass, what you see can be quite disorientating. I spotted this iMac ad, then thought, hang on, that’s the wrong way round! Then I realised I was looking at a glass clad building.
Then I looked across at this one and saw the crowds of shoppers milling along the pavements. When you look closely some of them look like they are in those distorting mirrors you used to get at funfairs.

reflected crowds

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sunset tokyo

Look carefully and you’ll see quite a number of buildings which are reflecting the setting sun. In fact they make a kind of red thread or trail right across Tokyo and up to the sunset. (If you can’t make that out, click on the photo to go to the flickr page where it’s stored and double click it there to see the large version)

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Ikebukuro sale

In the subway station at Ikebukuro, Tokyo, market stalls come and go, flourishing for a day, then gone again. This one at the foot of the escalator was selling clothes. It seemed out of place there to me, but probably seems perfectly normal to the local commuters.
Notice the interesting English phrase indicating the huge discounts available…….”Big Off!”

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Tokyo views

Do a search on this blog for “ben ledi” and you’ll see the kind of view I’m used to. Then you’ll realise what a culture shock it is to wake up and see this …….

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When I first looked out of the hotel window here in Ikebukuro I could only see the vastness of it all. And the fact that as far as I could see there were only buildings. But then I zoomed my camera in on some of the detail.

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This is something you see a lot in Tokyo – an old building surrounded on all sides by tall new ones – like a wee oasis!

Parking must be a nightmare in Tokyo – can you make out the multi-storey parking lot? Do you think they park the cars sideways to get more in?
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Can you see the tennis courts?

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This building is right opposite my hotel. The little rail track running around the rim fascinates me. But I haven’t spotted any trains yet!

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