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Tokyo, Japan's capital is a lively city with huge proportions, crowds, and energy. The indisputed economic, academic, and political center of the country, it is more a collection of neighborhoods than a city of 30 million. While it has only a few sights, it is a place of rich details, atmosphere, and contrasts, where the old traditions and the most modern consumer culture coexist side by side. Here are some of the world's greatest shopping districts and department stores, but also street markets similar to those found in less developped Asian countries. Hi tech business, commercial and entertainment areas such as Shinjuku contrast with the old downtown of Asakusa, and with the serenity of shrines and gardens. Those aspects sometime meet each other, like when you see a Buddhist monk with an alms bowl standing impassibly in crowds of shoppers in front of a ultra modern department store (where a single melon can cost $30).

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Bride with traditional make-up. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Traditional Shinto wedding procession at the Meiji-jingu Shrine. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Buddhist monk. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Buddhist monk seeking alms in front of a Ginza department store. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Imperial Palace. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Wooden pilars and hall, Meiji-jingu Shrine. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Prayers tablets, Meiji-jingu Shrine. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Alley lined with stores beneath the subway in a popular district. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Street in Shinjuku 3-chome looking towards Yotsuya in front of Kinokuniya. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Crowded crossing in Ginza shopping district. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Avenue in Shinjuku. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Yodobashi, the world largest camera store in Shinjuku West at night. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Backstreet by night. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Seafood vendor in a popular street. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Incredibly high priced fruit in a department store. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Street in Asakusa. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Entrance of the Senso-ji temple, Asakusa. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Lanterns on Nakamise-dori, Asakusa. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Lanterns and cherry blossoms on Nakamise-dori, Asakusa. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Nakamise-dori and  Senso-ji temple at dusk. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Shinto priest leads traditional wedding at the Meiji-jingu Shrine. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Painted panel, Meiji-jingu Shrine. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) People in the Ginza shopping district. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Crowds on the street near the Ginza subway station. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Crowds in the Ginza shopping district. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Shinjuku West side Yodobashi, with discount electronics stores. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Crowded avenue in the Ginza shopping district. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) High rises in Shinjuku. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Tokyo Metropolitan Government offices, designed by Tange Kenzo. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Neon lights by night, Shinjuku. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Playing a gambling maching. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Automatic vending machines dispensing everything, including pornography. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Seafood store in a popular street. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Incredibly high priced imported cheese in a department store. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Nakamise-dori, Senso-ji's temple precint's shopping street, Asakusa. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Huge lantern at the entrance of the Senso-ji temple, Asakusa. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white) Nakamise-dori and  Senso-ji temple by night. Tokyo, Japan ( black and white)
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