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A view into an economic dichotomy. The three towers in the background crown one of the most exclusive and expensive landmarks in Tokyo - Roppongi Hills; apartments at the top go for upwards of US $30,000 per month. Contract this with the tiny and dilapidated houses in the foreground, many of which don't even have indoor plumbing and rely on the adjacent park for water and toilets; one day when my and other kids were playing in the park, a local and resident and berated us for making a mess and blocking their access to the toilet.

Lest you feel sympathetic for their plight, the land their houses occupy are probably each worth a small fortune. But they have probably have been in the family for generations and they cannot bring themselves to sell them.

I took this photo with the digital camera in my cell phone while I was out jogging one day.

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