Tokyo Dreaming – The Complete Series Part 1

Sunset over Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Sunset over Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

When I landed in Tokyo on the 11th of June this year for the 4th time, alone in the past 12 months, there was never a shadow of doubt what I was doing there, or why I chose to go back to this by now familiar yet still foreign bustling metropolis. Tokyo was by now, a second home, a hide out from the mundane beat of life back home in tropical Singapore, a city of refuge which encompasses so many of what was familiar yet delivering the foreign and new experiences time and time again, a city waiting to surprise you the moment you feel you’re one with it.

View from Tokyo Skytree - Tokyo shrouded by a thick layer of low lying clouds.

View from Tokyo Skytree – Tokyo shrouded by a thick layer of low lying clouds.

Morning Rush in Shinjuku

Morning Rush in Shinjuku

A girl staring at amazement at a turtle in Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo

A girl staring at amazement at a turtle in Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo

But the story of my multiple solo trips to Tokyo really began in April of 2012, at time when I was still reeling from a personal setback in my life, and wanting to get away, to be alone from the crowds and to discover myself once again. Without an inkling of what I would do in Japan, without a plan or direction, I bought a ticket to Japan a week and a half before the date of departure. The only thing I knew I wanted to do was to get away. And make pictures, and in doing so, hopeful that I can find some comfort in doing so.

Temple helpers in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

Temple helpers in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

2 girls chatting in the rain at Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

2 girls chatting in the rain at Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

I’ve posted a few posts about Tokyo before, one on the 1-year anniversary of this blog last year (and as you can tell from the date, we are now 2 years old!!!!), one of the crossroads of Shibuya, one on street photography in Japan, and one of Tokyo Dreaming, the exhibition of my work in Tokyo that took place for 2 months from December of 2012 to the January of 2013.

A couple of kids attending a traditional Shinto wedding at Meiji Shrine

A couple of kids attending a traditional Shinto wedding at Meiji Shrine

A bride and groom walks down Meiji Shrine where their traditional wedding will be held.

A bride and groom walks down Meiji Shrine where their traditional wedding will be held.

Mirrors forming a kaleidoscope of Tokyo, a city with one of the highest population densities

Mirrors forming a kaleidoscope of Tokyo, a city with one of the highest population densities

But this post is different Рit signals the beginning of a new phase in my blog Рa new design allowing larger pictures to be shown promises a better picture viewing experience for you the viewer, and a new layout that is cleaner and easier to navigate. More importantly, it marks a new beginning of my life Рa spring which began one year ago in April of 2012 and whose seeds have now weathered the tumultuous events of the past 2 years  and are now bearing flowers.

The representative Cherry Blossom tree at Yasukuni Shrine - when this tree first blooms, then Sakura (cherry blossom) season is declared all open all over Tokyo. The first blooming is an annual media spectacle attended by the media.

The representative Cherry Blossom tree at Yasukuni Shrine – when this tree first blooms, then Sakura (cherry blossom) season is declared all open all over Tokyo. The first blooming is an annual media spectacle attended by the media.

2 friendly Japanese girls at Shibuya, Tokyo

2 friendly Japanese girls at Shibuya, Tokyo

Japan is no longer just a hideout – it has turned into an obsession, a haven where I go often to find pictures, inspiration; a place where my long term project is now centered. As an aside, the new blog also marks the phase of my life where I now photograph full time, no longer being able to depend on the stability of a full time job.

Boaters getting a good view of the cherry blossoms lining Chidorifaguchi River

Boaters getting a good view of the cherry blossoms lining Chidorifaguchi River

For the first time in this blog, I’m bringing together the culmination of 4 personal trips to Tokyo over the past one year into a series of posts showing the breath and depth of my work in Tokyo – not that it is exhausted by any means and I’m consolidating them, but more of a presentation of a work in progress.

A sleeping man and a bird at Ueno Park, Tokyo

A sleeping man and a bird at Ueno Park, Tokyo

I hope to make further forays into the land of the rising sun, documenting the country, the streets and the life of a people that has been so much tragedy, been through so much sadness, and yet still stand proud and strong.

Mount Fuji at Sunset across Lake Kawaguchiko - a symbol of enduring  Japan

Mount Fuji at Sunset across Lake Kawaguchiko – a symbol of enduring Japan

As Japan heals from the many horrific disasters it has weathered, so too will I continue to find healing in these trips.

Tokyo - I'll be right there

Tokyo – I’ll be right there

This is part 1 of Tokyo Dreaming, the complete series.

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