A couple of days ago, a few friends tagged me on Facebook to do the Five-Day Black and White Photo Challenge, wherein you post one black and white photo each day for five days. I must say, this is one challenge I’ve really enjoyed doing, partly because I really treated it as such–a challenge.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or are a friend on Facebook, you would know that I spent two weeks in Japan. It’s been one of my favorite trips to date. Japan is a really amazing country and I’ll be writing more about that in the succeeding posts.

Back to the challenge though, I’ve decided I would only pick photos from my most recent trip, and I would only pick images that I really thought would stand out in black and white. It was a lot harder than I thought. Not all images translated well in black and white. Plus Japan is such a “colorful” experience. I say that in the literal and figurative sense. It can be an assault to your senses at times. Color would be the easier way to go.

I did manage to select the five photos for the challenge though, and I think my attempt was not too shabby. Here’s Japan, as I saw it, in black and white.


A man stands behind the large incense burner in the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo in Japan. The smoke from the incense burners is believed to have healing powers.


Moving while standing still. This was taken while I was on a walk-a-lator in the Osaka station as I tried to find my way out of the train station.


I found Drunkard’s Alley (Nonbei Yokocho) by accident. I was walking around Shibuya, looking for a place to eat and found myself lost and down a small lantern-lit alley. Once I was in that small alley though, after seeing the small establishments that could seat only 5-6 people, I realized I had found a gem in very busy Tokyo. This is one of those establishments.


Tokyo is such a good mix between the old and the new. Just a stone’s throw away from the very funky Harajuku district is Yoyogi park, a very peaceful refuge inside one of the busiest cities in the world. Inside is one of Japan’s most popular shrines, Meiji Temple, which was completed in 1920.


Two young ladies stop to examine the photo they took on their camera. This was taken in Gion, Kyoto.

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