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We take a trip to Tokyo

Tokyo is a city of jux­ta­po­si­tions; an ur­ban dream­scape where sky­scrapers and tem­ples stand side-by-side, and the cherry blos­soms swirling in the air are a foil to the con­stant flicker of neon lights. Home to over 13.5 mil­lion peo­ple, it’s also the most pop­u­lous city on earth – vi­brant, ul­tra-vis­ual, and a de­light­fully chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment to shoot in! We couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter back­drop than the shop­ping dis­trict of Shibuya against which to show­case the new sea­son col­lec­tions, al­though with dis­trac­tions on ev­ery cor­ner, how we man­aged to stay on task is any­one’s guess! From the gen­tle­man tak­ing his tor­toise for a walk, to the two do­mes­tic cats be­ing trans­ported in a push chair (one of which was wear­ing a lion's mane, nat­u­rally), it was one weird and wonderful sight af­ter an­other. Mean­while, the lux­u­ri­ous seren­ity of the Man­darin Ori­en­tal ho­tel of­fered respite from the chaos of the streets, as well as an in­cred­i­ble van­tage point to sur­vey the sprawl­ing me­trop­o­lis be­low.

The mod­ern and the tra­di­tional col­lide in Japan’s bustling cap­i­tal

At Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya Cross­ing, one of the busiest in­ter­sec­tions in the world, up to 2500 peo­ple can be rush­ing across the road at once.

Katie em­brac­ing the ki­mono life be­tween takes at the ho­tel.

Our cover star Katie Braatvedt takes a break at the Man­darin Ori­en­tal dur­ing our ‘Mod­ern Blos­som’ shoot (page 108).

Left: Meek cap­tures Katie in amongst the hus­tle and bus­tle of Shibuya. Above: Tokyo is con­sid­ered by many to be the culi­nary cap­i­tal of the world, boast­ing more Miche­lin star restau­rants than Paris.

Above: Team Tokyo con­sisted of Fash­ion Quar­terly ed­i­tor, Sally-Ann Mullin, pho­tog­ra­pher Meek Zuider­wyk and model Katie Braatvedt. Left: Japan’s own ver­sion of the cat in the hat.

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