top10: Modern Japan

It’s top10 time again! This week it’s the turn of Japan, an endlessly fascinating country. In Japan, there’s a huge dichotomy between the traditional world of castles, samurai and temples, and the modern world of cutting-edge tech, crazy fashion and modernity.

I’ve decided to acknowledge the divide in this weeks top10, devoting this post to Modern Japan. It will be followed tomorrow with my top10 of the Traditional World.

Remember you can access all the top10 posts by clicking where it says top10 to the right.

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#10 – Carving fresh Sashimi
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Carving up a fresh tuna outside the Tsukuji market

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#9 – A confusing room in Yoro
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This was at the ‘Site of Reversible Destiny’, possibly the trippiest place I’ve ever been to.

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#8 – Busy streets
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The famous Shibuya crossing. “A great example of what Tokyo does best when it’s not trying.”

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#7 – Chairman Mao-se
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#6 – Fallen needles, and new growth
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#5 – Tempura
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A delicious meal of tempura, udon noodles, green tea and beer.

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#4 – Fashion
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#3 – Into the “Uncanny Valley’
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#2 – The Hiroshima Bomb Dome
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#1 – Pictures of people taking pictures.
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IMG_0846Taken at Fushimi Inari-taisha, a shrine to the god of rice, in Kyoto. There are thousands and thousands of these torii gates, all with tourists taking photos underneath them.

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