Graffiti

June 13, 2015


We’ve been away on holidays for a little while, spending some time in Tokyo. There is so much to say about Tokyo and I wouldn't do it justice on my small blog, but one thing I didn’t expect to come away with was an appreciation of the interesting graffiti and street art there.

We spent some time in a couple of suburbs, Shimokitazawa and Koenji, which are a bit out of the main hubs and (although only 10-20 minutes out from the key stops on the JR Yamanote circle line) felt like a world away from what I think of as “Tokyo”.

Both suburbs had very interesting graffiti, a lot of it on the backs of the roller shutters you see pulled over shop-fronts. 

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Koenji

Koenji

Oddly enough, seeing this street art in Tokyo made me think of home and get all nostalgic about Brunswick. Often I miss or barely notice the graffiti that I pass as I’m hurrying from home to the train station or the shops. In fact, I've probably spent more time appreciating the street art in other cities and countries than I have at home. 

Maybe the short time away made me take more notice and appreciate some of the art right under my nose. I’ve barely scraped the surface, but here are a few that I’ve actually taken the time to stop and appreciate around Brunswick since I’ve come home.






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