This post is in response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.
Well this was a difficult challenge if there ever was one! This week’s theme “juxtaposition” took a little thinking about how to interpret it, but I finally decided on a few photos of ‘old Japan’ juxtaposed with the modern era.
1) If the newspaper headlines a few hundred years ago had read “Geisha stuck in traffic“, no one would have believed it! The fact that there are still real geisha today is amazing, considering everything around them has changed and modernized. This poor geisha had a hard time navigating her way around speeding taxis in Kyoto’s Gion district. In retrospect, it was kind of funny to see this clash of ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’.
2) One of the oldest festivals in Japan playing out in front of the newly completed Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower.
3) Lastly, the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station is a typical juxtaposition of old vs. new in Japan. The station building was restored back to its old Meiji Era (1868~1912) appearance and contrasts sharply with the surrounding flat, grey skyscrapers!