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The best of Tokyo part II : The People

It’s hard not to be drawn into the eclectic personalities of Japanese culture and be intrigued by their daily lives.



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Next to the Ueno Park (one of the most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing), groups of young Japanese professionals sit on a plastic tarp and enjoy each others company after a long day’s work with food and beer. Lots of it.

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A Japanese boy, mid squat at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. His cheeks were too cute not to photograph.

Elderly people with their phones!

We know Japan is a technologically savy country, seniors love their tech as they take a break from the cherry blossom viewing at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Park.


Shinjuku Golden Gai is a small area known for its tiny bars and eateries. The most lovely owner of this small bar (with a max capacity of probably 8 humans) was spinning vinyls for us all night with a playlist comprised of the Beegees, John Lennon, Boney M and Abba.


Omotesando Koffee is a coffee shop that sits inside a 60 year old traditional Japanese house. Owner Eiichi Kunitomo is the man behind each cup of coffee, pouring it with such graceful patience every time.

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The Tsukiji Market, Tokyo’s famous fish market, is a busy place with passionate workers. A very vocal store holders sells dried squid to customers by giving them a foam lid to fill up and (below) a quieter man sells pork dumplings.

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Students around Narita station after school.

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Tina G

Tina G

Tina is the founder of Sydney based brand No More Ugly, whose mission is to rid the world of ugly one thing at a time. She loves exploring her city and discovering hidden (or not so hidden) gems from coffee spots to street art walls. She is often found drooling over peanut butter recipes and minimalistic design. She hopes she could one day make travelling her job!

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