I ventured out from my air-conditioned office around noon to meet a work associate from Taiwan, at the nearby Ueno station in central Tokyo. I rarely leave the immediate area surrounding my workplace, so I took it as an opportunity to take a few photos during the 15-minute walk.
The intense light can be somewhat harsh, and as the sun is almost directly overhead, there's not much in the way of shadows, or shelter. Such conditions can make for some very flat and low-contrast imagery, but I was not deterred. The building featured in the photo above, is very close to my office. It fascinates me. It's completely consumed by vegetation. Who works in there? I hope they recycle their paper.
Ueno's a funny area, but it's not without its charms. There's a zoo, and a collection of excellent museums. I know the area quite well, and if you look hard enough, you can discover some hidden treasures such as the odd temple, and this set of tori gates.