In the previous post, it was a fresh way to discover Tokyo through bicycles. They became the main focus while roaming the streets and added another layer of my urban photography.
Tokyo is one of the most visited cities in the world and there are abundant stories about it. I wonder if there would be any angles that I would discover and get me anchored during this trip. That was the relationship between the city and bicycles.
I would say that it was the first time that I’d experienced one of the most bicycle-friendly in the world. Without any previous knowledge about it, it was fascinating to this urban transportation in full range. From moms to a salaryman to a homeless man, they all had a bike at some point.
Bicycles were everywhere, so also parking: on the streets, in subway stations and apartments. I found those bikes on the street added another unique characteristic to the Tokyo urban landscape.
Rules and regulations about bicycle parking were apparent. Of course, there would be some mischief and mistreatment. We are human after all.
This is what you get when you wander along the streets of Tokyo.
Even though Tokyo doesn’t have back lanes to explore like in Sydney, its street scapes isn’t less interesting. For some reasons, I found it more similar to Bangkok. The precisions were apparent but there were also some clutters and wits.
I could explore more but it turned out my focus was shifted to something more specific. That shall be discussed on the next post.
Yaowarat (เยาวราช), referred by locals as Chinatown, was the only place I wanted to shoot some photos this time in Bangkok. The subject has been in my interest for a while and I didn’t even scratch its surface.
Of course, there were food, lots of street food and also people. Some stalls had a long line to get their services. But I was more interested in shophouse facades, one of the features that characterised cities in Thailand. Also, small alleys drawn me into them to explore deeper in the environment and its people.
It will be more interesting how a new subway station would affect this urban area.
One of my minor missions in NYC was to get to Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus at World Trade Center station (PATH).
I walked from Chinatown to the complex through Broadway while taking photos of abstract cityscape. You knew you were in a right place when it felt like an invitation to submerge into it.