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Dancing Through Tokyo

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Wonderful watercolor animation by Shishi Yamazaki

Tokyo is famous for its high tech modernity, but the meandering lanes of Yanesen -- comprised of the the temple districts of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi -- have more of a retro village feel, attracting people from all over the city, who come to Yanesen to take things down a notch, or, in Shishi Yamazaki's case, to dance through the streets. After filming herself doing some sweet moves......read more

Tokyo Living 2012

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Yes, it's another time-lapse video. Yes, you need to watch it

Ho-hum, you say, another time-lapse vid. Well, mark our words, you will eat those words, because the overused photo technique has never been better employed than in "Tokyo Living 2012," a video portrait of Tokyo by Masaya Sugimura. Masaya's subtle time-lapse shots perfectly portray the megacity's frenetic pace. And for those of us who have yet to travel there, this is as close as......read more

Hyper Drive: Yurikamome

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Experience Tokyo's fully automated train line at light speed

Opened in 1995, Yurikamome was one of the first fully-automated railways built in Japan. Running from Shimbashi to Toyusu, the line travels past some of Tokyo's famous landmarks, including the giant Daikanransha Ferris Wheel. In this video, Japanese photographer darwinfish105 uses the hyperlapse animation technique to simulate the experience of zipping around the Yurikamome line at light......read more

Night Stroll

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Geometric light projections animated in the Tokyo night by Tao Tajima

Here is a really cool short from Tao Tajima featuring footage from the streets around his Tokyo home. In Night Stroll, discovered on Colossal, we see geometric shapes made of light interspersed throughout the darkened streets of suburban Tokyo. The animated shapes were created (we think) by tracking the footage with 3D computer graphics software before adding CG shapes and reflection.......read more

Tokyo Reverse

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Super cool video excerpt from Tokyo Reverse

From filmmaker outfit, SÅNDL, directors Simon Bouisson et Ludovic Zuili create a hypnotic trippy world where our man is walking through the streets of Tokyo, while everything around him is moving in reverse.  Check it out. Original soundtrack director : Francesco Tristano...read more

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