The TokyoKyotoTokyo foto exhibition took place in Athens, Greece in November 2018.
“So, you pack your bags, run to the airport and catch the flight to Japan. And you get there and take the bus into Tokyo, snapping the road and the trains. You ask your way in Shinjuku only to find out that no one understands you, no one speaks your language.
You walk around day after day, Ginza, Asakusa, Akihabara observing the people as they go by. What makes them tick? The heat is unbearable this end of July.
Then you take the shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. You follow the pilgrims going from one temple to the next. The town is full of bicycles. The heat here is more dry. You take the shinkansen back to Tokyo.
Still, the city is like clockwork, shining clean, elegant, polite, forthcoming and yet so distant, unreachable. You really need to speak their language.
And then, it’s all over. Was it too little, was it too much? Really, what was that all about?”
Ioannis Malekos, September 2018