← Aaron Shapiro


Photos from a spontaneous return trip

I'd always had a healthy curiosity about Japan, but my first visit in 2014 was more than a homecoming for someone raised in a Nintendo household. The Japanese attention to detail made everything from New York's subway system to its convenience store food feel ancient in comparison, making me question what I'd mistakenly accepted as the necessities of living in a large city. After two weeks of transformative experiences in Tokyo and Kyoto, returning felt inevitable.

I found myself landing at Narita nearly a year later, alone this time, ready to explore more of those wonderful Tokyo side streets.