Black and white in Japan

I was visiting my daughter Katy who moved to Tokyo 3 years ago. She runs a restaurant in Daikanyama. I had breakfast there each morning and then ventured out on day trips, returning to have dinner. We also caught the bullet train to Kyoto each time, for our own special adeventure.

The Annual Japan Print Association is a huge deal. The exhibit takes place every October at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. They have 16 rooms of incredible graphic art. You get a feeling for one of the rooms in this shot below. A week later they had a huge Van Gogh exhibit, but no photos allowed. Sorry.

You really get the feeling of being in another land. It hits you. You start to lose the perspective, until you realize your gaining it. Sometimes it is as simple as near a koi pond in Happo-En Gardens.


The shrines and temples in Kyoto are omnipresent and no less beautiful because of it. It might look like winter, but it's actually a beautiful day in early Otober. This is perhaps the best time to go. I was lucky and caught a moment in time with all the beauty and luster the changing seasons had to offer. Without the tourists.

A lot of the humanity and culture of the country is present in the way it is constructed. From the rooftops to the rickshaws. The unexamined details are some of the most essential.

You don't have to wander to far off the beaten track in Kyoto, to wander into hidden beauty. The landscapers around this park are meticulous craftsman. 


If you're in Asakusa take a rickshaw around the block, and then visit this tiny amusement park. A sprinkle of old Americana growing in the ancient garden.

Just past the bridge, I spotted this interesting apartment house.

I'm Fifty-three stories up, at the top of the Mori museum, in the middle of Tokyo in October 2015. At an exhibit on the Vietnam War.

I'm walking over the bridge in Shibuya at 10pm. I look to the right, and for a frightening moment I thought there was about to be a coup or at least a riot. I kept walking.

Bullet train to Kyoto. Our plan was to stay the second night at the Benesse House in Naoshima, but it's not going to happen that way. There is a typhoon expected and travel could be a problem getting off the island.

They said there won't be enough room to show this photo, but I did pay $15 dollars to get into the little tiny amusement park in Asakusa. 

In the elevator, far above the Salvadore Dali exhibit.

Having lunch atop the Salvador Dali exhibit, at the National Art Center in Rappongi.

This is from my absolute favorite meal in Japan two years in a row. My daughter made me take the bus for 1 hour west of Kyoto to this extraordinary 10 course meal. The chef to the right is the owner.  

This is an ancient gate inside Nijo Castle in Kyoto. It was probably last used over two-hundred-fifty years ago in the days of the Shogun rulers.

After leaving the shoe store in the Ginza, I found a crowd of people enraptured with a cat on a sign post. No idea how it got there, or how in got down.

Stumbled across this really cool shop in Kyoto.

For some reason, I love this picture of tourists in any land.

Next trip I'm going to go graffiti hunting.

Did you see the one with the three monks and the shrine.

We've dropped off our bags at the train station and are walking back into Kyoto, when I spot a heron tiptoeing in the water. This was accidentally printed upside down.