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Textures of Tokyo
February 11, 2016
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Kaminarimon "Thunder Gate"

While Tokyo’s colours are subdued when compared with many other parts of Asia, the city is full of wonderful forms and textures. After two weeks spent discovering autumnal Tokyo, I have a great respect for the meticulousness and pride of Japanese people in all they do. They know love (or the devil, whichever you prefer) resides in the details. From wandering around imposing stone walls of the Imperial Palace to sitting down to a bowl of tender tuna sashimi at the Tsukiji fish market, the attention to detail and ceremonious care given to each creation is evident. The largely neutral palette allows the interesting wood grains, fluted metal rain chains and waves of kawara – ceramic roof tiles – among other things, to take centre stage. Noting the consideration placed on every detail in Japan, it only felt right to photograph it that way – zoomed-up so you too can revel in the beauty of the smallest details.

Meditative moments at a Buddhist shrine in Yanaka
Meditative moments at a Buddhist shrine in Yanaka
Draws of omikuji, Tokyo
Draws of omikuji - fortune telling paper strips found at shinto shrines
Wooden ceiling design, Japan
Wooden ceiling details
Kazaridaru - rice wine (sake) barrels
Kazaridaru - empty sake barrels used to decorate at shinto shrines
Sake bottles
Sake bottles
Stone wall at Kōkyo - the Imperial Palace
Stone wall at Kōkyo - the Imperial Palace
Fortress-like doors at the Imperial Palace
Fortress-like doors at the Imperial Palace
Ema, wooden tags purchased at Shinto shrines for leaving wishes
Ema, wooden tags purchased at Shinto shrines for leaving wishes
Chõchin - paper lanterns
Chõchin - paper lanterns
Kawara - Japanese roof tiles
Kawara - Japan's exquistely decorative roof tiles
Chozuya - for washing ones hands before entering a shrine
Chozuya - for washing ones hands before entering a shrine
Japanese rain chain
Kusari doi - rain chain
Asakusa details
Asakusa details
A wooden pail of flowers left as an offering to Buddha
A wooden pail of flowers left as an offering to Buddha
Imperial chrysanthemum adorning a paper lantern at Meiji Jingu
Imperial chrysanthemum adorning a paper lantern at Meiji Jingu
Bowl of salmon and tuna sashimi
Salmon and tuna sashimi at Tsukiji fish market
Architectural details of a shrine
Architectural details of a shrine
Even Samurai Grow Flowers - The story of Japan's chrysanthemums
Ogiku - a large chrysanthemum breed
Ginkgo leaves
Ginkgo leaves
Buddhist swastika
The Buddhist use of the swastika symbol pre-dates Nazi associations and is a sign for wellbeing and auspiscousness
Kaminarimon lantern from beneath
Don't forget to look up! The paper landern from underneath
Giant paper lantern hanging inside the Kaminarimon
Giant paper lantern hanging inside the Kaminarimon

If you’d like to read more from my Japan trip, check out Where to go in TokyoKawara: Decoding Japanese Roof Tiles and The Meaning of Shide and Shimenawa.

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Textures of Tokyo
Textures of Tokyo

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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