Going to Japan for the first time, everyone has certain expectations of the land of anime, geisha, tea ceremony, temples, futuristic architecture and samurai work ethics. Among these (possibly innocently clichéd) preconceptions is the notion of Japan being fascinated by and obsessed with robots. If you happen to think robots are kind of (read: VERY)
Yakushiji Temple in Nara is one of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, dating back to the 7th century. Located west of the city center, it features a pagoda from the 8th century (currently undergoing renovation works scheduled to end in 2019).
The main hall is a reproduction, after the original burned down in a
The big scramble crossing in front of Tokyo’s Shibuya Station is rumored to be one of the busiest in the world.
When the pedestrian lights turn green, people start crossing from all directions at once, making for some exciting evasive maneuvers. The intersection is particularly impressive at night, with neon-lit advertisements illuminating the scene
The Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge in Tokyo Bay, connecting Shibaura to the man-made island of Odaiba. Officially called the Tokyo Wan Renraku-kyo, the bridge can be crossed by car, the Yurikamome rubber-tired train or on foot, offering panoramic views of the inner Tokyo harbor from the north side and Tokyo Bay from the
Fireworks have a long history in Japan and are an integral part of many summer festivals. The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival in Tokyo dates back to the Edo period and is one of Japan’s most famous firework displays. Every last Saturday in July, colorful fireworks are launched from both sides of the Sumida River. The spectacle