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#POTW Ana & Joanie at Sensoji Temple Tokyo

This Photo of the Week (POTW) is of Ana and Joanie at Sensoji Temple, a premier tourist attraction in Tokyo. It was great to work with Ana again, and to work with Joanie for the first time. They were great to work with and helped to make a great collection of images like this selfie. For more images like this, see the Ana, Joanie, Tokyo, and Alamy galleries.

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Visiting Sensoji Temple, Tokyo #POTW

This Photo of the Week (POTW) is of Miyu at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo (Wikipedia). This photo was taken on my first day ever in Tokyo. Yes, I have been in Japan for many years, and have never taken a trip to Tokyo ever before. I had just dropped my bag off at the hotel, not being able to check in until 3pm. I met up with my model and we made our way to Sensoji Temple and created a great set of photos.

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Miyu at Sensoji Temple, with Tokyo Skytree Tower in the background.


Sensoji Temple is probably the first religious site in the area that later became a town, city, and then “Tokyo”. It is said that in 628AD two fisherman came across a small gold statue of Buddha in the near by river, which also marked the approximate location that the temple should be. The statue is so sacred that it has long been hidden away from public view (if it still or ever has existed). Consequently, this temple was probably the first and oldest tourist attraction in Tokyo. The site was bombed in World War II, and has been rebuilt partly as a symbol of resurrection of the city. Today, it is the most visited ‘tourist site’ in Tokyo and possibly Japan for overseas tourists. I heard people speaking English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, (probably) Thai and Vietnamese, and of course Japanese.

Photo galleries: Alamy, Ana, Joanie, Miyu, Tokyo.

Cost: Free.

Where: Closest subway station is Asakusa Station on the Ginza Line of the Tokyo Metro.

When: Any time of year. Best is obviously when the cherry blossoms (sakura) are in bloom, early summer, and Autumn with the changing colour of the leaves. Best to go early in the morning before 10am before the crowds get to thick, and in the evening when it’s beautifully lit.

What to see: Kaminarimon Gate, Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Street (shopping & souvenirs), Tokyo Skytree Tower (a 17min walk away), the kabuki and geisha districts.

A view of Nakamise Street filled with stalls selling souvenirs for tourists, and at the end if Sensoji Temple.


What to do: Enjoy the sights. Take a rickshaw ride and tour of the area. Enjoy a kabuki performance in the area.

What to eat: Surprisingly, there are a lot of restaurants that say they have English and Chinese menus. A lot of restaurants have pictures or wax samples of their food on display out the front. It is possible to find a good hearty meal for under ¥500 (USD$5), but more usually about or under ¥1,000 (USD$10). Also see food.

A ramen restaurant in Asakusa.


Where to stay: There are many hotels in the area, which are reasonably priced. This area is on one of the main subway lines, which gives good access to much of the other interesting places in Tokyo. The Ginza Line of Tokyo Metro gives you straight line access to the famous Ginza district, and Shibuya.

Friends enjoying dining out at street eateries.

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#POTW Japanese restaurants at night

Japanese restaurants are a dime a dozen. Japan has a reputation of being a very expensive place to live, especially with $100 watermelons! However, the Yoshinoya restaurant chain makes it possible for you to get a bowl of rice and beef or pork and walk away full for about $4. A typical meal out with friends, at a nice restaurant, good clean décor and premises, style, and great menu options, can cost under $20, and that’s without skimping. Here is a great model I had the pleasure to work with, Allyce, who’s leaving a restaurant. The curtains across the entrance indicates the place is open for business.

A young lady travelling in Japan leaving a restaurant in the evening.

A young lady travelling in Japan leaving a restaurant in the evening.

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#POTW: A beautiful lady in a kimono in Kyoto

This is the first Photo of the Week in a long time. I have been busy, and so I’m sorry for letting this fall off. So, it’s with great pleasure to re-introduce the POTW with this one from Mariko earlier this year. You can see her story about her kimono photo shoot. You can purchase a licence to use this photo at Alamy.

A young lady renting a kimono, enjoying walking around Gion, Kyoto.

A young lady renting a kimono, enjoying walking around Gion, Kyoto.

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#POTW Exploring a Japanese castle

This Photo of the Week is of a model I’ve recently had the pleasure to work with, Allyce, and we shot at Nagoya Castle. It was her first visit there, and mine for many years. Nagoya Castle was originally built in 1610 and destroyed in May 1945 during the second world war. What you see here is a concrete keep, with air conditioning, electrical lighting, toilets with heated seating, elevator, a museum, and gift shop all inside. On the other side, and hidden from view is a reconstruction of the palace, known as the Honmaru Palace, which is much smaller than the military donjon you can see behind Allyce. The original was built in 1615, and the reconstruction began in 2009 and is due to be completed in 2016. More photos to come in the near future.

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A young lady using a guidebook in Japan.

A young lady using a guidebook, whilst travelling in Japan.

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#POTW Ceramics seller in Saigon

This Photo of the Week is of this lady with the most adorable personality. She is physically tiny, and as you can see, her ceramic wares stall is also really tiny. However, she is surrounded by a vast and wonderful collection of pots, cups, you name it. The styles and designs are beautiful. If you happen to find yourself in Vietnam, you can possibly find her in amongst the myriad of stalls at the Ben Thanh Market, Saigon, District 1, of Ho Chi Minh City. Of course, more photos of my Vietnam adventure will be posted in coming weeks to my PhotoShelter Vietnam gallery.

Oh, if you’re a little confused by the city names. The city is a new city, being established by the migrating Vietnamese, as they took over this part of old Cambodia. Then the Chinese came. Then the French merged the sprawling areas and called them Saigon-Cholon. Then the Cholon part of the name was dropped, and Saigon was used to refer to the smaller area and the wider city. Then the communists won the war which ended in 1975, and they renamed the whole city HCMC, but ‘Saigon’ still refers to the central part of HCMC. I think I’ve got that right.

An elderly lady selling ceramic goods in the Ben Thanh Markets, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.

An elderly lady selling ceramic goods in the Ben Thanh Markets, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.

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