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The Lights of Japan One evening I was walking around Roppongi, taking in all the sights.  There doesn't seem to be a bad direction to go.  Everything was alive and full of life.Getting into this particular position took a few Cirque de Soliel moves that no one was around to appreciate (or warn me against).  There is a pedestrian set of stairs that blindly switchbacks its way up an outside drum-tower of sorts.  I had a feeling that on top of this little tower would be a good vantage in this particular direction, which I had not seen, but I had mapped out in my brain.  I did one of those moves like children do when they work their way up a doorframe -- but I did it in a narrow stairwell.  It got me to the top, which was extra-difficult with the tripod!   I ended up with a clean view of everything.  But then, only then, did I start to wonder how the heck I was going to get back down.I waited for a nice-looking stair-walker to pass by underneath, and then I handed down my camera before performing an unceremonious jump/fall.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Lights of Japan


One evening I was walking around Roppongi, taking in all the sights. There doesn't seem to be a bad direction to go. Everything was alive and full of life.

Getting into this particular position took a few Cirque de Soliel moves that no one was around to appreciate (or warn me against). There is a pedestrian set of stairs that blindly switchbacks its way up an outside drum-tower of sorts. I had a feeling that on top of this little tower would be a good vantage in this particular direction, which I had not seen, but I had mapped out in my brain. I did one of those moves like children do when they work their way up a doorframe -- but I did it in a narrow stairwell. It got me to the top, which was extra-difficult with the tripod! I ended up with a clean view of everything. But then, only then, did I start to wonder how the heck I was going to get back down.

I waited for a nice-looking stair-walker to pass by underneath, and then I handed down my camera before performing an unceremonious jump/fall.

- Trey Ratcliff

Click here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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