Tablet and Kimonos, Tokyo ©Solange Hando
From technology to magnetic trains, Japan is zooming ahead but on special occasions, the traditional dress gives everyone a chance to look fabulous while preserving cultural links with the past.
Then of course, you do have to record it all on your tablet and share it with friends...
Buddhist Shrine in Tokyo ©Solange Hando
This is a quiet hidden corner in Asakusa Kannon, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist complex and a bustling place where among clouds of incense, statues and paper lanterns, fortune tellers and fast food chefs cater to every visitor's needs.
It's a popular temple if you wish to seek advice for the future or earn merits for the after life, for yourself or others.
Shibuya ©Solange Hando
It's rather different in Shibuya which many regard as the Piccadilly Circus of Tokyo. This is the place to meet your friends by the statue of the legendary dog who waited until death, for a master who never returned.
It's a lively district so don't be fooled by the empty crossings on the picture. As soon as the lights turn green, crowds will appear from nowhere, as disciplined as you would expect them to be for this is Tokyo, not London or Paris.
Traditional Shinto Wedding in Meiji Shrine ©Solange Hando
The Shinto religion is based on respect for nature and the many spirits who live there so shrines are located in natural surroundings.
When this shrine was built on the edge of Tokyo to honour Emperor Meiji, 100,000 trees were planted over seven years to welcome the spirits,
Weddings aside, look out for the wishing tree where worshippers and visitors are invited to leave a message, as did President Obama for world peace.
Tokyo 21st Century ©Solange Hando
But whatever the traditions in Tokyo, the enduring image is that of a modern city with soaring skyscrapers and stunning architecture from the business district to the elegant bridges across the bay, the Tokyo Tower or the popular Statue of Liberty.
Yet, for many visitors, much of the charm lies in the careful handling of old and new, preserving cultural traditions while embracing the modern world and a bright future.
Here's to Tokyo, Ready to Go