Tokyo: Where Traditional and Modern Japan Meet

Six months ago (yeah I know this is a superrrrr long overdue post), I traveled to one of my "must-visit-before-I-turn-30" countries - JAPAAAAAAAN! I traveled with my friends at work (and my friend's mom). Truth be told, the main reason why this trip happened was because my friends badly wanted to watch the Coldplay concert! (first world problems, huh? LOL).

I am not really a hardcore fan of Coldplay so I didn't join my friends in the concert.

Setting the Coldplay story line aside, I just really wanted to see Tokyo in particular because I wanted to experience Japanese culture and witness how Japanese are able to maintain their traditions amidst its fast rising modernization.

Tokyo is probably the busiest and most modern city in Japan. But in spite its modernization, Japan's rich traditions and heritage still remained. For me, this is Japan's strength when it comes to culture. I could write a long paragraph here describing and explaining this but I will just let the photos do the talking. (Warning: Photofest ahead!)

The Modern Side

How else could I describe this? The hustle and bustle in the streets and train stations, efficient transportation, modern architecture and technology, skyscrapers, anime culture and the list goes on..

Akihabara - Tokyo's anime district

Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

Ginza - Tokyo's shopping district. Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

At Shibuya Crossing - the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

Hachiko's statue situated near Shibuya train station. Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

The Traditional Side

Talk about temples, shrines, and rituals..

Senso-ji Temple

Temizu - a form of cleansing ritual before entering a temple

Toshogu Shrine

Where the Japanese write their prayers and intentions and offer to their gods

Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

Photo courtesy of Glen Tuico

Meiji Shrine

Huge collection of sake barrels as an offering to Japanese deities

Sengakuji Temple - the graveyard of the 47 Ronins

suikinkutsu (literally "water koto cave"), a type of Japanese garden ornament. It consists of an inverted pot with a hole in the top through which you ladle water. The resulting sound is a tinkling, musical one, reminiscent of the sound of the the koto, the traditional Japanese zither. Source: http://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-temples-shrines/sengakuji-temple

Graves of the 47 Ronins

Haaaaay Japan, you were a dream come true! 

I live and work in the city in the Philippines and it saddens me that several traditions are being overtaken by modernity. I hope we, Filipinos, could do something to preserve our traditions and culture because it shows our identity as a country.

More stories and photos from my Japan trip in my upcoming posts. I have to sort and categorize the photos because there's a lot of them. :))))

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