Jag åkte runt med en av stadens mest prominenta gatukonstnärer för att lära mig mer om Japans graffitikultur från insidan.
Before Instagram made photography about validation, street art snappers would just pull on their shoes, head out and see what gems they could find.
I was shocked when I drove through Detroit earlier this year: the best graffiti had been covered in blotchy grey and white paint. What happened to the one-time graf mecca?
In most of Asia, the practice of illegal bombing has been around for less than a decade. Tokyo, however, is an exception. I went out with one of the city's longest-active and most prominent vandals to get an inside look at Japanese graff.
Welcome to the city where you can paint graffiti on the side of a busy street, in broad daylight without permission, and no one bats an eyelid.
Our graffiti columnist linked up with XEME and YUMOH, who, by all accounts, are considered the most active and well-connected writers in the city.
SKUF YKK, who achieved fame for his style and the ubiquity of his work in New York City, has transcended the beefs of his youth to become an elder statesman of sorts.