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Sam hails from Tasmania, Australia and currently lives and works in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Sam has been involved with a variety of fine arts related projects and events in Australia and Japan and particularly enjoys the diverse photogenic subject matter in Japan.If you are interested in viewing more of his works please visit one of the following internet addresses. Domestic and international sales available.

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オーストラリア・タスマニア州出身。愛知県在住。日本とオーストラリアで、数々の芸術プロジェクトに参加。「外国人から見た日本」をテーマに写真を撮り続けている。

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Tokyo Skytree / Sam Ryan

2013.09.20 | カテゴリー : 新着情報 | 投稿者名 :

Oh, I feel like such a tourist! Look at Skytree! Look at Tokyo Skytree!

 

Often on autopilot, following up on incessant questions of “what`s your country like?” and
“what`s the best part of your country?” in typical Japanese fashion, many Japanese will ask
questions like this with the ultimate goal of finding out what you think about  their country.
A game of comparison, a cultural trait, which has similarities to the way  Japanese interact when
determining social status. It would become a constant game of cat and mouse, Japanese becoming
more frustrated with the direction of the conversation and myself not willing to be goaded into
asking the questions they want me to ask, just because they cannot ask these questions directly.

 

 

One of the least tiring ways of avoiding these questions is to let people of this overly sensitive culture
answer these questions themselves, and for some unknown reason the word Skytree would keep popping
up. This surprised me for a number of reasons, not least because it started before Skytree was finished
and continues with people whom have never even been to or seen Skytree.

 

For those of you who don’t know, Skytree is a newly built broadcasting and observation tower built in
Tokyo`s Sumida ward, finished in 2011 to a hight of 634m, making it the second tallest structure in the
world after the Burj Khalifa.

 

I can only determine that Skytree is more of a symbol of modern Japanese identity, of redemption and
of second chances and `progress`, rather that just a big pile of steel and concrete. An idea and image
disseminated by Big Brother through the chirping talk shows and filling the backgrounds of poorly acted
dramas in a fashion that would push the boundaries of even Winston`s conception of doublethink.

 

Whatever you may believe and whatever the logic behind the new addition to the Tokyo skyline, Skytree
is definitely worth a visit, preferably late afternoon when you will have a chance to witness the worlds most populace city by day and by night.

 

 


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