© Michael Evans Photographer 2017

Photographic Adventures With Architecture, Tokyo…

Tokyo Architecture

The unique and extremely interesting shape of the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower was the result of a competition held by the educational institute, challenging around 50 architects to submit a design that was not rectangular. The winning design selected by Mode Gakuen was that produced by Tange Associates, the cocoon shape supposedly representing a nurturing of the students inside. The building reminds me of 30 St Mary Axe, aka the ‘Gherkin’ in London, although thankfully it is slightly easier to obtain a full view of the building from the pavement level.

Cocoon Tower, Tokyo © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
I also shot this as a long exposure, which if time allows I will return to and process as a fine art style image… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Cocoon Tower, Tokyo © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
From the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017

Located a short walk from Shinjuku Station, the Cocoon Tower can also be appreciated from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, which is well worth visiting for some fantastic views across the sprawling metropolis, particularly as it offers free entry! Each of the two towers offers an observation platform, with slightly different views of the capitol depending upon the deck visited. Naturally I was keen to see the Cocoon from sky level, which dictated my choice.

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I’m not quite sure what this building is, other than it is located directly opposite the Government Towers and proved interesting to capture using the 17mm TS-E f4 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building consists of two towers, both offering an observation platform © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
A little bit of colour on a grey day in Tokyo…© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017

Leaving the Shinjuku area we walked slowly towards the Ginza shopping district as the grey skies briefly gave way to some sunshine.

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The Kabuki-za theatre in the Ginza district is Tokyo’s premier destination for those wishing to take in a performance of  Kabuki drama © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Ginza Place by Klein Dytham Architecture consists of over 5,000 aluminum panels arranged to look like a perforated shell © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
The ‘Green Peas’ building located next to Shinjuku station…© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Unsurprisingly this sign is located near the fish market… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
A rather dull shot of the incredible Isetan department store in Shinjuku, which features a most incredible food department located in the basement. Certainly worth visiting… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Photographic Adventures With Architecture, Tokyo…

  1. You tempt me to visit Tokyo with your stunning photography. All of your shots are amazing, but I did spend extra time enjoying your view of the Kabuki-za theatre. The softness of the light and colors are exquisite.

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