Tokyo: An Introduction.

by Keem De Peralta

IG: @keemjongillest

Tokyo, the world’s most popular metropolis. Neon lights, busy streets, mixed with art and traditional culture. Temples and arcades go hand-in hand, a home for sharp suited drunk salarymen and trendsetters.

I was sitting on my balcony, smoking a pack of cigarettes, while looking down the busy streets of Shinjuku. It was glowing, not just because of the neon lights, but because of the people on it too. People in business suits, skateresque fashion aficionados rocking Palace, Supreme, Stussy, Patta, and the like.

High-end fashion chasers and thrift shop kings all walk together in harmony.

There is a term in Japanese zen which is called Fukinsei (不均整) which means irregularity. It is the idea of controlling balance in a composition via asymmetry, and that imperfection is always part of existence. Japan itself is full of beauty and harmonious relationships that are asymmetrical yet balanced. It attracts and engages. In general, from the culture to the fashion, to the routine, Tokyo always found its balance and beauty behind the mess.