The Ghosts Of Fukushima In Namie, Japan

June 18, 2014

Namie Japan Ghost Town

Nearly swallowed whole by a major earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation, the town of Namie is struggling to survive. Three years later, Namie remains within the clutches of natural disaster–and likely will for the foreseeable future. The town’s 20,000-plus residents are still evacuated due to persistently high radiation levels, and it is likely that even when they do recede those forced to leave will remain negatively affected by the slew of disasters for the rest of their lives.

Inside Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant

June 17, 2014

If you’re looking for a calm, quiet and intimate dining destination, you’d best avoid the Robot Restaurant. Pending your persuasion, the club’s overall aesthetic is “Acid Trip Gone Great” or “Acid Trip Gone Horribly Wrong”. Robots run the trippy cabaret, and revelers can watch in awe–or, again, horror–as they dance, box and bang on some massive drums.

Japan’s Crazy Harajuku Fashion

April 17, 2014

The Harajuku district of Tokyo, Japan is the epicenter of street fashion. Collisions of colors, fabrics and aesthetics culminate in this single square mile, overloading the district with boutiques, clothing chains, and fashion malls all catering to the ever-growing sartorial scene. While Gwen Stefani may have introduced Harajuku to more Western audiences in 2004 (and somewhat contentiously, at that), Harajuku fashion has been a veritable institution for decades.

Black Geisha

Source: Slate

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The Serene Symmetry Of Sapporo, Japan

April 9, 2014

Sapporo City

Sapporo is home to as much history as it is beauty; in 1972, it hosted the Winter Olympics, making it the first Winter Olympics ever held in Asia.

Modern Sword Fighting In Japan

March 31, 2014

Hidden behind the shadows of modern skyscrapers, two men take part in the ancient art of Samurai sword fighting. Despite the evolution of weaponry and technical innovations therein, Japanese sword fighting has maintained much of its original integrity.

A Vending Machine In An Abandoned Fukushima Field

November 27, 2013
Vending Machine Inland Tsunami

Source: The Atlantic

Two and a half years after Japan was dragged through the fatal throes of a tsunami, earthquake and nuclear power plant meltdown, displacement and loss are still sadly common themes among Japanese survivors. Despite the evacuation of over 160,000 citizens, though, enterprise has returned in the form of a dilapidated vending machine.