As the sun makes its descent toward the west, long shadows reach out like thin fingers toward Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.
The shadows extend steadily across the palace’s grounds. Over ancient trees, deep moats, and high walls, the shadows creep unrelentingly toward the palace’s main entrance.
There, the solitary soldier stands guard.
Though the shadows draw closer with each moment, the lone soldier does not move. He is unwavering in face of the encroaching darkness.
Eventually the shadows cover the palace completely. In the fading light, we catch a final glimpse of the steadfast soldier, vigilantly standing guard as the darkness of night overtakes the palace.
The shadows will not relinquish their grip until morning, but the solitary soldier will still be there, standing guard beside the gates of the Imperial Palace.
5 Days in Tokyo
- Otsuka — Tucked between Tokyo’s hot spots is a place where golden hour never ends.
- A Different View of Harajuku — We discover that serenity is surprisingly easy to find in Harajuku.
- Lost in Ebisu — A random stop in Tokyo turns out to be more than we bargained for.
- Old Town Akihabara — Pass under the bridge to a different side of Tokyo’s futuristic district.
- Ginza to Tsukiji — A search for fresh fish leads to a surprising discovery about Tokyo’s Ginza district.
- Lunch at Tsukiji Fish Market — This is where you go to get the freshest fish in Tokyo.
- The Solitary Soldier — Sunset at Japan’s Imperial Palace.
- Finding Peace in Hibiya Park — A small pocket of peace amidst Tokyo’s never-ending activity.
- Cats of Hibiya Park — Hanging out with some furry friends.
- Saturday in Ikebukuro — Ikebukuro. Weekend. It’s over.
- Okachimachi Crunchy — Walking down Tokyo’s multifaceted shopping boulevard.
- Hidden Yanaka — Frozen in time.