Travel Vision: Speeding through the Tokyo night

Bright nights, lonely crowds – a Tokyo train speeds through urban contradictions.

Travel Vision: Speeding through the Tokyo night

Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo is known for his dazzling experimental shorts, which craft otherworldly art from urban landscapes.

Published on Aeon, this stunning video takes you through the Tokyo night, with strobing glimpses into Japanese city life juxtaposed with contrasting notions of togetherness and separation, and darkness and artificial light.

Accompanied by a playful piano score, the film is a three-minute jaunt into the Japanese night and a beautiful, albeit brief escape from lockdown life.

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0107 - b moll from Hiroshi Kondo on Vimeo.

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    neil
    9th May 2020
    1:40pm
    Yes. GO!

    Neil.
    neil
    9th May 2020
    1:40pm
    Yes. GO!

    Neil.
    Hirajima
    9th May 2020
    11:01pm
    Not just Tokyo. Sure, Tokyo is an amazing city. But it's crowded and expensive and huge. Get out into the rest of Japan (no, not Osaka, that's just another Tokyo with less famous landmarks) and ride trains and sometimes even walk and see Japan. A few years ago I grabbed a 3-week Japan Rail Pass for a few hundred dollars and in three weeks I started at one end of Japan and over 5000 km of train travel later I arrived at the other end. It was incredible. And you know what? I had exactly one hour in Tokyo, changing trains. The thing with Japan is, it doesn't much matter where you go, a lot of it is quite similar, so pick a few places and just enjoy them. I stayed mostly in quite cheap business hotels where the rooms are tiny, but who cares - you're only going to sleep and shower there anyway. Start with japan-guide.com as a planning tool and join a group called jpntravel on Facebook and you're off to a good start. Oh, but wait till all this virus stuff is over! In the meantime, there is a ton of good stuff on YouTube, but also google for 'nhk world on demand' (NHK is Japan's national broadcaster, like our ABC) where you will find a huge amount of English language programming on travel but also food and many other topics. Enjoy learning and planning for the next year or so, and then when it's safe, get over there!


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