It’s been a while since I posted some Tokyo shots, and yes, I still have a few left… Following our busy day in Asakusa and our night out in Shinjuku, we decided we’d take it easy an head out to Roppongi Hills. This mega-complex, according to Wikipedia “incorporates office space, apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés, movie theatres, a museum, a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheatre, and a few parks” and all this built and financed by Minoru Mori one of Japan’s biggest building Tycoons. As you’ll see in the following pictures, the whole area is very new, upscale and rich.

Camera configuration: Nikon D800 equipped with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 Nikon lens or 50 mm f/1.8 Nikon lens.

We started our trip by taking the metro from our nearest metro station Shinjuku-gyoemmae.

Our metro station

Metro

The first thing you see once you arrive at the Mori Tower, is a huge spider statue by artist Louise Bourgeois that goes by the name of Mama (its belly contains 26 marble eggs). There are actually many of them around the world and even one in Ottawa, Canada.

Mama

The Mori Tower; we’ll be heading up there for a beautiful view of Tokyo…

Mori Tower

Mama II

Mama III

As you can see, the whole area is, as most of Tokyo, very well maintained.

Gardens

Roppingi Hills

Inside Mori Tower… we had an excellent lunch in a Chinese restaurant before heading up.

Inside Mori Tower

View from the top of Mori Tower is just great (54th floor); you get a better appreciation of the size of the city Tokyo  which just goes on and on and on… By the way, we can see Tokyo Tower on the right which is heavily inspired by the Eiffel-tower.

View from the top of Mori Tower

Tokyo Tower

You can really see the density of the city on this shot…

Close-up

Close-up II

Close-up III

They had a small cafe at the observatory which was playing some Japanese pop music song by what I believe was a digital singer; only in Japan will you find such unusual things! Here’s a 3D statue version of this J-pop singer…

J-Pop

Cafe

Close-up IV

We then decided we would walk around a bit and find a quick bite to eat…

Fujifilm Square

Beautiful kimono…

Traditional

We stopped here to have a Starbucks coffee…

Metal trees

The National Art Center of Tokyo has a really interesting architectural design…

National Art Center Tokyo

National Art Center Tokyo

Having walked around for a while, we headed back home…

Lonely bicycle

Shinjuku with the Pentax building in the background…

Shinjuku

Publicity for the Robot Restaurant; apparently a restaurant where bikini-clad women battle huge robots and which cost $985 million to built (is this number right?!)! Once again, only in Japan…!

Robot

In the evening, we decided to walk around Shinjuku to find another typical Japanese restaurant…

Nightime

We finally found a little Yakitori place with a really cool oldies decor… The concept is simple, you have the choice of dozens of types of skewers and the waiter brings them to you one or two at a time. Makes for a very enjoyable meal and evening.

Yakitori

Lanterns

Hummm, grilled mushrooms and peppers…

Humm

Once again, Tokyo by night is just too cool..!

Yakitori

Our stomachs full, we went back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep! Next post will be on Odaiba. Stay tuned!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Marie-Eve
    December 24, 2013

    Vraiment magnifique tes photos Billy! J’espère vraiment, un jour, pouvoir voir tout ça de mes propres yeux! 🙂 Le petit nom de la jeune fausse-demoiselle c’est Vocaloid Hatsune Miku si jamais Eve et toi avez une folle envie de réentendre sa voix stressante! Hehe

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    • billscom
      December 24, 2013

      Merci pour le compliment Marie-Ève et pour l’info sur la chanteuse digitale!

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