thevmilko Tokyo Tower. The second tallest building in Japan, this structure is primarily used for antenna leasing and tourist attractions. Fun fact: it's painted white and international orange not for looks, but to comply with air safety regulations. 16h

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thevmilko Afternoon light illuminating the temple. Japan has 77,394 registered temples, with 3,087 of them being in Kyoto. Every one is so beautiful and unique that #nofilter is needed. 1d

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thevmilko Quiet moments walking up the mountain and through the many torri gateways that lead the way to the Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine. Inari is the god of rice and patron of business. Each torri is donated by a business hoping for blessings of good fortune. I've wanted to come here for years- it feels so good that I finally made it. 2d

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thevmilko Riding a local train through the charming city of Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan. During WWII the city was considered as a main target for the atomic bomb. It was later decided to spare the city, choosing Nagasaki as a victim instead. As a result Kyoto is one of the few cities in Japan that has a great concentration of prewar buildings. 2d

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thevmilko I could wax poetic about the beautiful design that Tokyo possesses. Despite being filled with neon signs and rainbow colored clothing, many of the side streets and deeper parts of neighborhoods have a stunning simplicity to them- it's near impossible to capture it. But a single succulent that somehow perfectly matches the trim details on a wall? Yes, please. 3d

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thevmilko I spent the night watching the Tokyo Yakult Swallows beat the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo's oldest ballpark, Jingu Stadium. Since it's introduction by Americans in the late 1800s, baseball has become one of the most popular sports in Japan- there are few other games I've been to where fans are so involved in the game. Bonus: the stadium food was pretty damn good. 4d

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thevmilko Morning commute in Shibuya, Tokyo. The famous Shibuya Crossing rotates in 2 minute cycles- first cars, then pedestrians. Thousands of people cross the five way intersection all at once, with stunts artistic pieces and protests sometimes being thrown into the mix as well. 4d

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thevmilko A husband & wife team making #takoyaki (fried octopus balls) at the Ameya-Yokochō market in the Ueno neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan. A traditional Shitamachi, (meaning "Lower City") of Tokyo, this part of town is still a working class neighborhood. Yet due to rising property values the area faced mass gentrification. The open market has some amazing standing-only food stalls. 5d

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thevmilko Tokyo's subway has 13 unique lines with 290 different stations, totaling nearly 200 miles in length. On an average day 8.7 million people utilize the system. Thus far, after extensively riding the trains everyday, I am yet to see a single piece of litter or have a train arrive late. Tokyo, I love you. 6d

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thevmilko Sitting on a rooftop in Shinjuku, taking in all the lights and loving this advertisement for "The Man of Iron" karaoke. 7d

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thevmilko Konnichiwa, Tokyo. 1w

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thevmilko An incredibly small and smokey yakitori spot in Shinjuku might be one of my new favorite places in the world. 1w

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thevmilko What an amazing summer it has been. I'm flying to Japan tomorrow to spend the rest of the season writing, taking photos & working on some personal projects. I already can't wait to come back to continue/finish/start all the projects that I've had in the works this year. [This photo was from the #DCPride Parade kickoff with the OUT Women's Motorcycle Club] 2w

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thevmilko Last week @GeneralMotors handed me the keys to this baby- it was all whirlwind, heat, flash and 455 horsepower. Looking forward to sorting through the photos from my adventures. (Thanks, @reallyfarrah for the photo/company.) 2w

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thevmilko The tiniest little preview of some product photography I did for @florescentperfume. During the shoot the whole studio smelled of botanicals. I can't wait to shoot the pop-art inspired part of this project! 2w

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thevmilko Twisting the night away. 2w

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thevmilko DAY TRIPPIN' (Because what else do you do when you have a brand new hot red #Camaro for the day?) 2w

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thevmilko Lunch break at the best smelling place in town. #ElLatinoBakery 3w

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thevmilko NEXT WEEK VIBES. 🏼️ 3w

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