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September 17, 2009



Great video! am just getting ready for another day in Tokyo - this video captures the duality of Tokyo: beautiful and ugly, old and new, back streets and high streets, calm and busy, shiny and rusty, commercial and zen ... I love the sound of semi (cicadas) at the very end of the film during and after the titles - urban nature.

Stephen Lead

Wow, this is an amazing video which brings back great memories of being a tourist in Tokyo.

Beautiful photography as you say, but the clincher for me was the sound of the cicadas at the end - that captures summer in Tokyo!

John Spence

Garr -- thank you so much for this post and the leadership vidoe you featured a few days ago -- both amazing! I sent links to freinds and business contacts around the world - they loved them too!

Laurie Fowler

This was a wonderful video about Tokyo. I visited 14 years ago on a teacher exchange and this video certainly captures the essence of the city. Joan Jimenez also did a great job of using different elements of video design and music to communicate many nuances of the city itself.

Laurie Fowler
Tuscaloosa, AL USA


He has the eye of a photographer ... which is what makes the movie so powerful. In fact, if you look at the movie it is really a succession of stills (which move a little) Rendering to slo-mo ads to this effect of 'moving stills'.

Bearing in mind the above and looking at some of the shots such as the subway tread steps at 2:09 and particularly the sushi bar at 4:07 you can see a huge depth of field effect. Video cameras don't do this. I'll lay dollars to donuts this was shot on a Canon 5D (still camera) which also shoots full HD.

Oh .. and just to make us all feel *that* much more inadequate did you notice in the credits that he did the music too ... ?

Sheesh .....

- Dean


Last month I visited Japan for the first time and only for two weeks. It blew my mind.

I spent more than half of my time in rural areas and that was the first difference with my preconceptions. Once one moves away from the city center, Japan is incredibly rural. Large expenses of agricultural fields and forests, with narrow roads and very friendly people. I would hardly see other westerners.

Other important elements for me were the esthetic contrast between zen simplicity and the tackiness of some shops, the attention to detail, the punctuality and all the implicit social norms that made me pay more attention than usual to what I did and how I did it.

I am not into design or the arts, but into science, and I still would love to spend more time in Japan. Part of my plan for next year...

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