This past summer has been absolutely sweltering – in fact, it’s the hottest summer on record for Japan since World War II, according to the news – yet as if on cue, come Thursday the temperature plummeted nearly 14 degrees C overnight (from something like 35 C to 21 C), and we all went from sweating in t-shirts and shorts to bundling up in sweaters and socks. I guess that autumn truly has arrived, then.
Originally some friends and I were going to photograph this “naked man” festival (don’t ask) out east of Tokyo, but besides the temperature drop, the weather also conspired to throw some pretty fierce winds and thunderstorms our way as well, so we decided to scrap that and go for a photowalk in Tokyo instead. It turns out to have been a pretty fortuitous decision as I opened up the paper the next day to find out that a bolt of lightening had struck right in the middle of the festival we were going to go see, injuring 34 people!! Well then!
Our photowalk took us through what used to be the old Sanya neighborhood in Tokyo, over towards Asakusa and the location of the new Tokyo Sky Tree. It’s about as urban as things get in Tokyo, with lots of wonderfully textured concrete, steel, power cables, shuttered buildings and what not, and the fact that we could see the Sky Tree poking up intermittently through the clouds and gaps in the stormy skyline (as if some foreboding Tower of Mordor or whatever) (I may have screwed that name up, but I’m talking about the bad guy’s tower in The Lord of the Rings) only made it that much better.
Personally I’m not a huge fan of the Tokyo Sky Tree (it looks so random and kinda lame in my opinion) and they picked a really, really random place to build it (it’s said that a massive development is planned in the hosting neighborhood, which for their sake I certainly hope goes through because at present, there ain’t [bleep] around there). But even I had to admit that when we crossed over the bridge and started making our way up the final approach over the bridge, with the wind whipping heavy wet drops of rain across our faces and the stormy, roiling clouds up above being all dramatic and ish, seeing that big ominous dark steel edifice jutting out into the sky kind of made the whole day come together. (It’s still lame under normal conditions though)
Not much else to say about this. More photos after the jump…
Okay, that’s it, thanks for reading!
Now listening to: “Garath Emery – Sanctuary (feat. Lucy Saunders) (Club Mix)