It's been said a million times, I'm sure, but Tokyo is a city of great contrasts. We're going to tell this story mostly in pictures.
The Asahi Building, designed by Philippe Starck, dubbed The Golden Turd. In neighboring Asakusa, where we were staying, Sensoji Temple, completed in 645 (below), Tokyo's oldest and perhaps busiest temple.
Also Sensoji, under one of the giant sandals made of rice straw, belonging to one of the Temple Guardians.
Sparkling clean street in Ginza.
Boots and short skirts are the order of the day. I had to look long and hard for the costumed figures. Unfortunately, I guess that is not as trendy as it once was.
School girls; We happened to catch Chandra in the train in back.
Japanese for Obama! Hey, they're all wearing pins from Magnolia Editions!
Era and Don