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Skyscraper Island

This is the famous Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan where towering skyscrapers are all grouped together, like an island in the city. After looking through my Tokyo photos, it was rather crazy to see just how many of my photos were looking up at the tall monoliths. I remember feeling so small in a sea of buildings. In fact, it can be quite overwhelming to try to get your bearings in a city where nearly every building for as far as the eye can see is 20 stories tall! I'd get off the subway only to find myself smack dab in the middle of another set of tall buildings. It was hard to even find the skyline at times as everything is so efficiently packed together. They even found place for a pool on the 15th floor of the building in front.

 

To truly appreciate this view, you have to get to the top of another building from a decent distance back. This particular day, I had witnessed a fairly incredible sunrise from my hotel and did some quick weather research on where the sunset might be positioned behind the city. After bribing (literally) the management of a nearby building to give me access to their rooftop, I waited for what turned out to be a truly fantastic sunset. I was worried at first that the sunset might be a bust as a rather thick layer of haze was on the horizon. But as you can see, the haze actually turned the sunset into a spectacular rainbow of color.

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Taken on February 7, 2010