Downtempo Japan

Japan isn’t always the techno wonderland people make it out to be. This video resonates with me much more than most- so many of the shots in there could have been set to a pumping electronica soundtrack, cross-cut with time-lapse footage of lights and people, and turned into the Japan movie everyone expects, but the filmmaker held back and created something beautiful. I often find myself watching the flow of people, trains or traffic, headphones replacing the city’s sounds with my own soundtrack, and feeling like I’m both a part of this big machine, but also on the outside looking in.

(via the Naked Tokyo blog)