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Yushima Tenman-gū is a small Shinto shrine in northern Tokyo I found after getting off at the wrong train station on the way to Ueno Park. The building pictured above is actually not the main shrine itself, but one of the other buildings in the complex. From Wikipedia: Yushima Tenman-gū Shrine (湯島天満宮) is a Shinto shrine in Tokyo, Japan devoted to Tenjin, the Kami of Learning. It is located in the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo, not far from the University of Tokyo, and is a frequent site of prospective students hoping to pass the entrance exams there in April.

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One of my favorite buildings in Tokyo is the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower. Located in Shinjuku, it’s one of the most striking buildings on the skyline. The above is shot from an unusual angle, looking up from an opening in the pedestrian tunnel that leads west from the station. From Wikipedia: Before selecting a design for its new Tokyo location, Mode Gakuen held a competition asking architects to submit design proposals for the building.