The Light of the City

Osaka looking east with the main Shin-Osaka train station and Japan's bullet trains to Tokyo cutting through the center of the scene.
Osaka looking east with the main Shin-Osaka train station and Japan’s bullet trains to Tokyo cutting through the center of the scene.

Although increasingly rare in the west, pay telephones still exist in many parts of Asia.  Often owned by small local companies, phones like this are set our daily in front of shops with the long bell wire trailing into the store behind it.
Although increasingly rare in the west, pay telephones still exist in many parts of Asia. Often owned by small local companies, phones like this are set our daily in front of shops with the long bell wire trailing into the store behind it.

Paper lanterns, red or white usually, light up nearly every city street in Kyoto, creating a festive and inviting place to walk at night.
Paper lanterns, red or white usually, light up nearly every city street in Kyoto, creating a festive and inviting place to walk at night.

Small cafes and 'noodle shops' dot the busy streets of Kyoto late at night recently during Golden Week in early May.
Small cafes and ‘noodle shops’ dot the busy streets of Kyoto late at night recently during Golden Week in early May.
Temples half the size of a typical neighboring 7-11, squeeze in between shops and restaurants, providing spiritual respite for weary shoppers and curious tourists.
Temples half the size of a typical neighboring 7-11, squeeze in between shops and restaurants, providing spiritual respite for weary shoppers and curious tourists.
Despite 1,600 ancient temples and shrines,  Kyoto lights up after dark.  Looking east down Sanjo St. toward the Kamo River.
Despite 1,600 ancient temples and shrines, Kyoto lights up after dark. Looking east down Sanjo St. toward the Kamo River.
Peaking over the hills toward Yamashina in the east, the moon appears yellow as it rises over Kyoto during the Golden Week holiday.
Peaking over the hills toward Yamashina in the east, the moon appears yellow as it rises over Kyoto during the Golden Week holiday.
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