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Spotlight: Tokyo

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

As the largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo offers many places for Instagrammers to explore. From the crowds at the world-famous Shibuya Crossing to the city’s spectacular skyscrapers, there’s no shortage of scenes to capture and share in Japan’s capital. If you time your visit right, you can even catch a sumo tournament at Ryōgoku Kokugikan or cherry blossoms in bloom.

Tokyo is also home to a thriving Instagram community with frequent InstaMeets and photo walks. Here are just a few Instagrammers sharing their city with the world:

  • Tomoyasu Koyanagi, serene photos from in and around the city — @10_ya
  • @mamotoraman, colorful photos and bicycle tricks — @mamotoraman
  • Kohji Matsubayashi, a father capturing moments with his young daughter — @kohji405mi16
  • Azuma Suguru, minimalist photos that play with light and shadows — @airnude

By the way, we’re hiring in Tokyo! Join the Instagram community team — check out the job description and apply.

Anti-Nuclear Protests in Tokyo

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Want to see more? Check out more photos from the protest tagged at 首相官邸 / 内閣総理大臣官邸 (the Prime Minister’s residence.)

Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Japanese prime minister’s house on Friday to protest the government’s decision to reopen a nuclear power plant in western Japan.

Protests are uncommon in Japan, but the decision to reactivate the Ohi power station 16 months after the tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant has set of a series of demonstrations across the country.

The Ohi reactor is scheduled to be reactivated on Sunday.