thumbnail text

PhotographyMasanori Akao
StylingShun Katakai
ModelsKou & Soche
GroomingMasaki Takahashi

On the up:
Steel-and-concrete pedestrian bridges arcing over busy roads are a familiar sight in Japan. They first appeared in the 1960s and 1970s and back then, a booming economy and rising incomes made it possible for the average household to afford the latest Japanese car model. This led to concerns about pedestrian safety so the solution was to build footbridges in all shapes and sizes, usually painted sky blue. Bridges are meant to be traversed but in Tokyo these structures are a good place for stopping; a rare vantage point above the street to take in the surrounding cityscape.


sign in to monocle

new to monocle?

Print magazine subscriptions start from £55.

Subscribe now







  • Global Music