The modern rush consumes Tokyo. Once you arrive you are drawn into the hustle and bustle and pulled along.
Escaping the rush is only ever a garden away, a sanctuary where pure serenity can be found
And where Buddhism lies there is a tangible energy - no more present then at the resting place of Kobo Dashi, Oku-in - a magical woodland and resting place to those passed on
The simple, traditional life of Japan can still be found along the ancient post-road, from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto - between Tsumago and Magome
Between the old world and the new, Crow Castle still stands proud and intimidating whilst the city of Matsumoto continues its journey of progress
The live tuna auction in Tsukiji fish market still takes place almost every day and is a sight to behold. Whilst the haul - and she of the tuna - shows a frightening reality, the theatre of the show still strikes wonder
The red leaves of fall can create a striking contrast to the piercing blue skies and majesty of Fuji
As surrounded by tradition and heritage as Japan is, there is no stopping it's hunger for technology and progress. It is a country full of surprises - sometime strange - but always scintillating