While Japanese train stations have evolved considerably over the years, e.g., markedly fewer smoking areas and newspaper stands and a lot more ramps and elevators, there remain innumerable platforms and station services closed off to wheeled vehicles or those unable to negotiate stairs...
This short clip was shot from an elevated walkway approximately 15 feet (4.5 m) above ground, which places the Tama Monorail’s track roughly 50 feet (15 m) in the air. Trains in the sky totally look like the future came early.
In this publication’s namesake Akihabara district (pre-AKB48ification, mind you), one of the most important categories used to evaluate individuals is known as the Ambient Otaku Threat Level Barometer. How do we judge this artifact of otaku culture?
Japanese food is pretty great, but when it comes to the epic range of water-dwelling animals that are consumed and their methods of preparation, non-Japanese can quickly come to the realization that, beyond novelty and stunt-eating for fun, things can get a little bit goofy, if not unsettling.
It’s anyone’s guess how many millions do so each year: photographers work to get the shots, lovers make illumination viewing part of their date, entire families brave the cold, and even dorky tech Editors make the trip. The annual Shiodome Caretta display is considered one of the finest, and as you’ll see below, the why is no surprise.