There are two sides to every culture. The one you’ve embraced all your life and the less popular or the least favorite. Striking a balance between the two may seem like a contradiction but it can be done. And when done right, it can be beautiful. Like Japan. And that’s saying a lot since I’ve only been in Tokyo. Photos by Verniece Zamora
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