Japan preparing to begin a new era. On May 1, 2019 Crown Prince Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne as the new emperor after his father Emperor Akihto abdicated bringing the Heisei imperial era to an end. The name of the new era “Reiwa” means “beautiful harmony” from Japan’s oldest poetry anthology Manyoshu.

Under the imperial household law of 1947, only men can ascend to the throne. The world is watching the new emperor to see if he pushes for revision to the law barring Princess Aiko from becoming empress.

The shops leading to the ancient Buddhist Senso-ji Temple, founded in 645 AD – the oldest temple in Tokyo.

View of the pagoda from inside the temple on a beautiful spring day with incense in the air.

Seeing Mount Fugi make a rare and passing appearance at sunrise from the 31st floor behind Tokyo Tower is most fortunate!

Zojoji Temple (増上寺, Zōjōji)
Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower 

Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting and observation tower known as the tallest structure in Japan and tallest tower in the world. According to designers, the dampers mechanism can absorb 50 percent of the energy from an earthquake. The color of the tower is “aijiro” a traditional Japanese color that is bluish-white. The tower is illuminated at night.

As of 2018, the greater Tokyo area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world. However, the serenity, even in crowds, the beauty, and the cleanliness of the city can not be overstated. Even the traffic signal sounds are the sounds of birds chirping. Everyone is considerate of others and the stresses of city living are completely minimized. On-street parking is not frequently allowed making for pedestrian, bike, and commuter friendly scenes like this one during rush hour. Tokyo is a beautiful city that the people take personal pride and ownership in. The cooperation within society is amazing while the conformity required in the society can be worrisome.

Home to the Tokyo Philharmonic, this is Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. The 2019 season opened with an unplanned and emotional performance including the French National Anthem because the Notre Dame Cathedral was burning in a catastrophic fire. An epic performance!

Tokyo is VERY accessible!

So much beautiful “architectonic” design visually represented in the city’s architecture.

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