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St Mary’s Cathedral

David had caught the flu and was really sick but he still brought himself to get up and go sightseeing with me. After catching up in a Starbucks for hours we headed out for some lunch and then attacked the first building.

When I first lived in Tokyo seven years ago I had somehow missed many amazing places. In hindsight this seems lucky, because that means there’re still lots of areas left to explore. One building I was aching to see was St Mary’s Cathedral by Kenzo Tange. (I was as surprised as you are by the fact that Tokyo has a cathedral. There are catholics everywhere, apparently!)

Sometimes you finally set your eyes on a celebrated building and come away disappointed because it had looked so much better in photos than in reality. This was not one of those times. The cathedral was every bit as amazing as I thought it would be. The outside was gleaming and clear. The concrete on the inside looked like the frozen play of light on the ocean floor and seemed to make time stop.

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