(AKA: A post in which I come out of the closet with regard to my weird obsession with Japanese electricity meters.)

Everyone always bangs on about how clean Japan is, and that is true to a certain extent. But aside from the shining metro stations and lack of litter, Tokyo is a city of more than thirteen million people in the metropolis. Where there’s people, there’s dirt. And I love it. Here’s a small selection of photos showing how much I like things a bit on the grubby side…

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Canals and meters and telephone poles, oh my!

And so it begins…

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I have tons more, but those are my favourites for now!

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Ah, Shimokitazawa. I’m seriously impressed that the colour of the poster has managed to last despite it being up for seven years. Eagle-eyed readers might recognise this pole as the click through background!

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I believe I took this is just around the corner from Shibuya station. Still give me the creeps, fantastic!

I really enjoy seeing this side of Tokyo – it’s a world apart from you see in the guidebooks, but there’s something quite beautiful about the contrast between hyper-Tokyo and grunge-Tokyo. If anything, it’s these rubbishy bits that make me love it even more.

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