[#13 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] It comes as no surprise then that the subculture-gone-mainstream finds purchase in a 36,000-strong public sporting event. All we really have to say about that is: “WELL DONE! BRAVO! YOU ALL LOOKED FABULOUS!”
Tokyo Midtown is popular among Japanese for its park as well as its many seasonal activities including a beer festa, the Sakura Sparkle Lounge event, Art Night, a month-long outdoor ice skating rink, and several night illumination installations as you can see in today’s video.
Iyashi no Sato was a village formally located near Lake Saiko, in front of Mt. Fuji. It was only in 2000 that some former villagers, along with the the city hall, decided to rebuild the place into a magnificent open air museum. It is a really nice little village that needs to be visited if you are traveling around Mt Fuji.
Autumn in Shiba Kōen (park), directly adjacent to Tokyo Tower, is a beautiful time of year. The trees surrounding the Zōjō-ji Temple change into brilliant yellow, orange, and red hues. It is truly beautiful, and we hope you enjoy this scenery, a beautiful place in the heart of Tokyo, as much as we enjoyed filming it for you.
Located on a mountain top near Fujiyoshida City in Yamanashi Prefecture, the Chureito Pagoda is part of the Arakusa Sengen Shrine and was built as a peace memorial in 1963. After climbing about 400 steps, you'll have one of the most breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji. It would be hard to find a better view anywhere in the region,
Located in Kamogawa City in Chiba prefecture, and barely one and a half hours away from the center of Tokyo by car, Hitratsuka is the closest terraced rice field to Tokyo, and also the only one of its kind in Japan! Unlike other rice fields, the Hiratsuka Tanada (terraced rice field) grows rice with only rain water, without any other means of irrigation!
Each year for one month, mid-April to mid-May, people across Japan and from all over the world come by the thousands to enjoy a beautiful parterre of Shibazakura flowers (~800,000) with, of course, Mt. Fuji in the background. It's amazingly beautiful, and shooting it in 4K is...one of the reasons we need 4K!
Part of the Tokyo Tower-adjacent Zojo-Ji Temple, this cemetery, or garden, is unique in manParty ways since, unlike usual cemeteries, you will not find any graves, but hundreds of small stone statues that parents can choose and decorate with small clothing and toys for their unborn child or children.
What stands out the most at the 425-year-old Zojo-Ji Temple grounds is the striking contrast between old and new Japan. While the surrounding neighborhood is dominated by modem buildings and Tokyo Tower, Zojo-Ji feels like it’s in a time bubble where everything moves at a much slower pace.
It’s safe to say that when the world thinks ”Tokyo,” first to mind are the flashy, bombastic, visually stunning urban Asia aesthetics of the iconic Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ginza neighborhoods. ...but, what if it all - big and small - just vanished? Now we have that answer.