Nowhere else in the world do the contrasts between tradition and newness appear to lie so close together as in Japan.

Japan can be loud and colorful, some quarters of the capital Tokyo look as if they were modeled on a science fiction film. In hardly any other country have robots made it this far to become part of everyday life. And then there’s old Japan a few meters away. Like Shinto shrines fallen out of time, the calm, mediative power of Buddhism.

Charilie Johnston has united these opposites in a video and invites us on a journey to a Japan that seems to unite apparent contradictions in harmony: