On the 20th of april I met with Naoko, Bee’s penpal friend. She’s from Tokyo and since I am here right now it was a good idea from Bee to establish a contact. Fortunately, Naoko speaks a little English, so a mixture of her English and my Japanese led to sufficient communication.
We first went to Asakusa and Ueno where we visited several temples, gardens and an art exhibition. She went to a Tourist Information Center beforehand and came already prepared with several flyers. Very cool ;-). The weather was good, the gardens are beautifully maintained and the plants flourished. It was definately worth a visit. From the gardens and temples I have made some nice pictures. The exhibition showed Japanese paintings from the 13th to the 19th century. It was very interesting but unfortunately it wasn’t allowed to take pictures. To walk through the different places together with her was much more fun and informative than if i was alone. This way I could for example learn more about the meanings of some of the statues and symbols at the temples and it was nice talking to her.
After a little rest at a cafe we went to Tokyo Skytree. This is currently the highest building in Japan and the second highest in the world. From up there we had a very good view of the Tokyo area and Tokyo is huge. It was a 360° platform and no matter which direction we looked, we saw lights everywhere and far into the horizon. It was very impressive.
The Tokyo Skytree“Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー Tōkyō Sukaitsurī?) is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower, and the second tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa (829.8 m/2,722 ft).” To Wikipedia
After we had looked at everything it was already late and since Naoko had to work the next day we said goodbye to each other.
Today new AirBnB guests have arrived. A filmmaker from Serbia with his girlfriend. With him I could talk a little bit about photography. When looking at my pictures he disliked some of those which i considered as quite good. But his critics was justified, because many of my pictures don’t have a sky. The sky is all white because it is heavily overexposed. Unfortunately, he could not tell me how I can get it fixed because he is more specialized in video than photography. I hope with a little research I find it out. Or maybe someone knows?