With more than 35 millions inhabitants and a 1.9 trillion US$ GDP, Tokyo is the world’s most populous metropolitan area and largest urban economy. In its crowded streets and through its massive transportation system, a multitude of employees in dark suits commutes between the city’s suburban areas and business districts. Silent, discreet and with a strong work ethic instilled since childhood, the office workers are best known in Japan as “salarymen”. Thanks to their strict discipline and long working hours they have become one of the pillars of the country’s economy. They are Japan’s quiet army.
A salaryman reads a manga magazine during his commute on a subway train bound for central Tokyo.
On February 23rd 2017, at sunrise, a young migrant rescued from a rubber boat in distress observes the sea from the Aquarius.
Oct 2nd 2017. The day after the vote, students hold a Catalan flag in Catalunya square during a protest against the violence and brutality used by Spanish police to impede the independence referendum.
Tokyo (Japan), Dec 10th 2016. Under the neon lights of Tokyo's Shibuya business and commercial area, numerous pedestrian cross the street during the evening rush area.
This crossing, also known as “The Scramble” is believed to be the world's busiest pedestrian crossing, with up to 2,500 people crossing it at once, 45,000 every half an hour. With more than 35 millions inhabitants, Tokyo is the world’s most populous metropolitan area.
Tokyo (Japan), Dec 9th 2016. At the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple in the Asakusa area, a man prays and fan incense smoke towards himself. According to the tradition, this smoke is believed to have healing powers and devotee should fan it towards the part of their body they would like to heal or improve.
Even if estimates suggest that 84–96 percent of the Japanese population subscribe to Shintoism, Buddhism has been practiced in Japan since its official introduction in 552 AD by Korean Buddhist monks. Buddhism has had a major influence on the development of Japanese society and remains an influential aspect of the culture to this day.
Tokyo (Japan), Dec 6th 2016. A man sits under leaves falling from the surrounding trees in the park belonging to the Meiji Shrine.
This park, located in central Tokyo, covers an area of 70 hectares covered by a forest that consists of 120,000 trees of 365 different species, which were donated by people from all parts of Japan when the shrine was established.
Tokyo (Japan), Dec 4th 2016. Three girls play with rackets at the beach in Tokyo's Odaiba area.
Odaiba is an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. Initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, it was developed since the 1990s as a major residential and leisure area. With more than 35 millions inhabitants, Tokyo is the world’s most populous metropolitan area and largest urban economy.
The night sky over Lampedusa.
Charminng old style rounded building in Barcelona city centre.