Thursday, May 31, 2012

Yanaka, Old Tokyo Town

In areas east of Tokyo, you would find several areas with many Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines when you look at a Tokyo map. The areas are called 'shitamachi'. Although the word 'shitamachi' literally means 'downtown', they are not like Manhattan. It is more like a place dominated by small old residences, typical Japanese shops and narrow streets. In other words, they are old towns.

Yanaka, one of them, is located in the northwest of Ueno area. There, older buildings are being replaced with modern ones. However, you can still feel the distinctive atmosphere of old Tokyo.

Yanaka, Old Tokyo Town [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on May 30th, 2012

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