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Having lived in Berlin for years, my friend knows both her native Japanese and German culture. She translated a lot to me, making sense far beyond mere word meanings.

Tokyo Mosaic urban manga awareness
An urban mosaic gradually takes form, and what drives you to gather further pieces is not its debatable beauty: It’s the curiosity to know more.

*Every now and then, Akemi helped me to switch to a local perspective that helped me to focus and dive deeper.* (tbc)

I was still sitting at Shibuya’s pedestrian crossing, when suddenly a film crew popped up right next to me.

Tokyo Mosaic urban manga TV culture
Interviewing one shy and one stylish girl, these TV people gave me a first glimpse of how youth culture is captured on Japanese streets. To me, this kind of professional filmic record seemed actually far less authentic than many other, spontaneous and self made video shoots that I saw in Tokyo.

*Any storytelling needs a driving motive, and reality TV promises to come closer to our everyday life. Maybe the most interesting part of real life is what these broadcasts usually miss.* (tbc)

Observation is never neutral.

Tokyo Mosaic urban manga uniforms Shinbashi Shibuya
You become part of the setting you observe, and that’s how you change it, already.

*Or is it the setting that changes you?* (tbc)

Once again, I’m casting side glances. Once again, I m’ taking the freedom to pause where it might not be appropriate.

Tokyo Mosaic urban manga freedom to pause
How long would it take until I’d  get into the local mode of permanent rush? Then again, what if only the outsider’s ability to cast side glances unveils what makes a city beautiful? (tbc)

*Aside from all possible disturbances: a low budget, self made bento menu has a charm of its own.*

Never trust media images, especially where idols, singers and actors pave every route through the city.

Tokyo Mosaic urban manga Idols and Doramas
Popular actors often make me wonder about the identity behind the facade. Who are those people we appreciate because they best manage to hide their own being in roles that represent everything but themselves? Maybe me not liking Hiroshi Abe’s bank advertising makes him even more of a good actor. (tbc)

*For now, I’m going to post new episodes of my Tokyo comic series on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I hope you enjoy, and I’m always curious to read from you.*

How to find your way in a complex, stacked up urban labyrinth?

Tokyo Mosaic urban manga Stacked Crossings
What guided me was the unshakable resolve to move on, and a hunch of what I didn’t want to miss: atmospheres other people had depicted, written and talked about before.

However scary or uncomfortable a place might be, better spots might await close-by. We end up finding what we really search for. (tbc)

*BTW: To be honest, I loved these seemingly messy yet organized crossings of Iidabashi.*

Of course, my Tokyo journey was a bit beyond “normal”.

Tokyo Mosaic manga Urban Way of Life
No stressful schedule to follow, no utterly packed trains. The freedom to pause, to look around. This is not how I’d be able to move through my own city. It’s the privilege of a traveler who decides to take a calm look at a distant place. (tbc)

*For now, I’m going to post new episodes of my Tokyo comic series on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I hope you enjoy, and I’m always curious to read from you.*

Hot August noon welcomes you with a deafening cicada concert…

Tokyo Mosaic urban manga episode No Rush
… and a homeless man chilling in the grass. While I finally return to my friend’s home, where does he go? (tbc)

*For this Tokyo comic series I’m going to post new episodes every week. I hope you enjoy, and I’m always curious to read from you.*

Like it or not, the beauty of a city is a matter of perspective.

Tokyo Mosaic urban manga distant horizon
Are you ready to change your point of view? (tbc)

*For this Tokyo comic series I’m going to post new episodes every week. I hope you enjoy, and I’m always curious to read from you.*

Time flies, things get lost. Memory brings them back to present.

Concrete Dreams of Tokyo Mosaic - Finding Access
I have drawn comics about Tokyo before, but it never felt enough to give justice to its many facets. Let’s delve deeper into the city that never invites, yet somehow attracts: what I started with a few loose impressions as “Concrete Dreaming” becomes now “Tokyo Mosaic”, my episodic account of a distant place I had the chance to visit in 2012. If my experiences were intense enough not to vanish from my mind since then, I hope to pass on some of the beauty, the immersion and insight from my travel to you as well. (tbc)

*I wish you all a good start for the still fresh new year!*