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Hopelessly Inquisitive Man Living and Working in Tokyo

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He played a simple lullaby so potent and perfect that, when I stood to leave, I swear the park had fallen deeper into its autumnal slumber: the colors brighter, the air chillier, and the inevitable embrace of death a little more graceful. • • • • • #aov #artofvisuals #places_wow #justgoshoot #bbctravel #passionpassport #ongooglemaps #contest #natgeotravel #nationalgeographic #livefolk #liveauthentic #livetravelchannel #createexploretakeover #worlderlust #tokyo #tlpicks #travelstoke #travelandlife #travelawesome #exploremore #exklusive_shot #autumn🍁 #worldshotz #theglobewanderer #autumnleaves #theoutbound #getoutside #agameoftones #worldplaces at Yoyogi Park

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Once the site of the United States Military’s officers’ barracks during the Allied occupation of Japan following WWII, Yoyogi Park today is a cross-section of Japanese culture: musicians, cosplayers, martial artists, and painters, all connected through the enjoyment of a season easing itself into a beautiful slumber. • • • • • #artofvisuals #aov #places_wow #justgoshoot #createexploretakeover #autumnleaves #getoutside #beautifuldestinations #tokyo #japan #nationalgeographic #bbctravel #livefolk #liveauthentic #livetravelchannel #ongooglemaps #contest #discoverglobe #discoverearth #theglobewanderer #agameoftones #earthfocus #fantastic_earth #theoutbound #passionpassport #tlpicks #modernoutdoors #natgeotravel #roamtheplanet #travelawesome at Yoyogi Park

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A Japanese tea ceremony is a confluence of cultural customs and ideas refined over almost a thousand years of history. For example, the tea is held in the left hand and supported by the right, placed perpendicularly. The host presents the finely detailed side of the teacup to the guest; in turn, the guest, before sipping, rotates the teacup clockwise so as to avoid soiling the artistry, and, upon finishing, rotates the cup counterclockwise to its original position and returns it to the host. These traditions span generations upon generations, and it was incredibly special for me to have taken part in them. • • • • • #exploremore #createcommune #liveauthentic #livefolk #theglobewanderer #ongooglemaps #contest #travelstoke #tripadvisor #travelawesome #bbctravel #natgeotravel #nationalgeographic #livetravelchannel #exploretocreate #japan #tokyo #huntgram #tlpicks #passionpassport #folkmagazine #worlderlust #worldplaces #discoverglobe #discoverearth #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #roamtheplanet #theworldshotz #travelgram at Senso-Ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

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For the tea ceremony I was dressed in a casual men’s kimono called a yukata. The design is simple and driven by custom and function. The left side is wrapped over the right, held in place by an obi sash, and the natural pocket created by the fold is used to carry instruments for the ceremony. • • • • • #japan #tokyo #yukata #passionpassport #worldplaces #discoverglobe #exklusive_shot #worlderlust #travelstoke #travelawesome #travelandlife #tlpicks #bbctravel #nationalgeographic #natgeotravel #livetravelchannel #ongooglemaps #contest #kimono #theglobewanderer #nakedplanet #livefolk #liveauthentic #createcommune #exploremore #roamtheplanet #theworldshotz #travelogue #huntgram #discoverearth at Senso-Ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

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In some chanoyu, the traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, confections - in this instance, red bean paste wrapped in fondant colored to match the season - are served first in order to coat the mouth with a lingering sweetness that clashes deliciously with the bitterness of the matcha. • • • • • #japan #tokyo #ongooglemaps #contest #justgoshoot #exploremore #livetravelchannel #bbctravel #natgeotravel #nationalgeographic #tripadvisor #places_wow #travelandlife #tlpicks #travelstoke #travelawesome #visualsoflife #artofvisuals #aov #livefolk #liveauthentic #matcha #createcommune #createexploretakeover #theglobewanderer #worlderlust #exklusive_shot #discoverglobe #worldplaces #passionpassport at Senso-Ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

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Ameyoko Market, from “Ameya Yokocho,” or Candy Store Alley, is a dense coiling of open-air shops strung beneath the Yamanote Metro Line. Here, the senses take a joyride: the crunch of crispy chicken skin on skewers, the neon beaming bright into the night, the playful song of salarymen, the salty wafts of fresh fish, and the ever-present rumble of the train. • • • • • #places_wow #exploremore #contest #ongooglemaps #passionpassport #travelstoke #travelawesome #citylights #urbanjungle #citykillerz #japan #tokyo #bbctravel #livetravelchannel #nationalgeographic #natgeotravelpic #natgeotravel #igshotz #ig_shotz #createexploretakeover #livefolk #liveauthentic #tripadvisor #travelandlife #tlpicks #citybestpics #illgrammers #urbanandstreet #big_shotz #artofvisuals at Ameyoko Market, Japan

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Gotokuji Temple is the birthplace of the maneki neko, or ‘beckoning cat,’ which, as legend has it, was a real feline that enticed an Edo-era feudal lord to enter the temple moments before a terrible thunderstorm swept the area. Grateful for the stroke of good luck, the lord invested in Gotokuji, ensuring its survival to the modern day. Since that time, people have made pilgrimage to the temple, their own maneki neko in hand, in search of some of that good luck. • • • • • #places_wow #exploremore #contest #ongooglemaps #natgeo #natgeotravelpic #nationalgeographic #bbctravel #livetravelchannel #tripadvisor #ongooglemaps #tokyo #japan #ig_shotz #ig_worldclub #huntgram #travelstoke #travelawesome #temple #stayandwander #travelgram #livefolk #liveauthentic #cat #createcommune #createexplore #createexploretakeover #exploretocreate #worldingram #worlderlust at Templo Goutokuji

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Happy birthday to a supporter, confidant, advocate, and friend. May our adventures always continue. Love you, Dad! • • • • • #fatherandson #exploretheworld #happybirthday #adventureisoutthere at Fez, Morocco

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On the artificial island of Odaiba, once a defensive fortress built to ward off invaders, stands a life-sized, 7-story tall Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, one of the central characters in the Gundam franchise. On this former stronghold this titanic robot stands watch, perhaps guarding the incomparable pop culture of Japan. • • • • • #gundam #tokyo #odaiba #japan #ig_worldclub #justgoshoot #places_wow #citykillerz #urbanphotography #nationalgeographic #natgeotravel #bbctravel #livetravelchannel #ongooglemaps #contest #exploremore #artofvisuals #aov #visualsgang #exploretocreate #createexploretakeover #tripadvisor #travelblogger #travelstoke #travelawesome #travelgram #awesome_shots #popculture #anime #travelbug at Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn : 機動戦士ガンダムuc - ユニコーン

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