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The bottom image is an artwork called 'Snow' by Yoshioka Tokujin, part of the 'Sensing Nature' exhibition at the Mori Art Museum. Subtitled 'Rethinking the Japanese perception of nature', it offers large-scale installations and sculptures exploring elemental natural phenomena like snow, water, light and mountains.

The fact that the museum is located on the 53rd floor of a Roppongi skyscraper is not so much ironic as illustrative of the exhibition's thoughtful approach to nature...

Over two thirds of Japan's population lives in its cities, which make up just a small fraction of its landmass. And yet we are still able to read nature with our bodies. Japan's temperate climate and its mountainous topography gave birth to a unique natural environment, which in turn fostered an ancient cosmology and spirituality which have greatly influenced our culture and arts. In "Sensing Nature: Yoshioka Tokujin, Shinoda Taro, Kuribayashi Takashi" we think about how the innate human ability to perceive nature (to sense nature) and the Japanese view of nature exist in our urbanized and modernized world.

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Update: For the most probable locations of these photos, see this Tokyo map of where locals and tourists take pictures. Read the full post »

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