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An isolated country during centuries, Japan modernized in a few decades at the end of the 19th century. While traditions and social codes remain very strong, the big influence of the Western world is undoubtful. And for once in our trip, it seems that Northern America is not the key influencer here. Indeed, Tokyo has often a feel of Europe and could even be described as a little Paris in Asia. Bakeries, restaurants, fashion stores and entire neighbourhoods recreate the City of Lights lifestyle. We actually feel more at home here than we would in Los Angeles. This has been the big surprise so far.

This being said, I am still the only one using forks at restaurants…. (click on pictures to enlarge)

All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph.




  6 Responses to “A touch of Paris”

  1. Etonnant! J'adore la petite dame avec sa voilette et son sac rouge!

  2. La dernière image… C'est vraiment Paris ! Incroyable je n'imaginais pas cela au Japon !!

  3. looks like you visited lots of places already!

  4. Excellent, especially the first image!!!

  5. Great observation and lovely photos to match!  Having lived mostly in New York City and Tokyo – and visited Paris many times – I appreciated your observation of the European (more than American) western aesthetic influence seen in Japan. 

  6. The image of the guy with the hat,beardy and suit have a deffinate Johnny Debb style!

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