Views from the street: part 2

Saturday night I decided to have another go at street photography, and headed up the hill to Roppongi. On weekends the sidewalks are filled with a sea of international club seekers and promoters all too willing to oblige them. The scene is absolutely chaotic, and makes for endless interesting photo opportunities.

私のブログで多くの日本人を見て気づいた。支援をいただき、ありがとうございます!

Huomasin monia suomalaisia ​​katsomaan blogiani. Kiitos tuesta!

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This guy stopped me to promote his club. I was surprised he let me take his picture! (and didn’t stick around for him to change his mind)

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Very common scene: absorbed in the cell phone.

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Casual Ferrari.

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Yours truly at the Grand Hyatt Roppongi. (I have a habit of sneaking up to the top floor of expensive hotels to take pictures)

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Roppongi is one of the few places in Tokyo I see graffiti. Adds character?

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Thanks for stopping by!

で停止していただきありがとうございます!

Kiitos, että pysäyttäminen on!

-Chris

Hibiya Park & Kokai Gijido (Japanese Government HQ)

Sunday evening I decided to visit Hibiya Koen and Kokai Gijido. Despite being within a 20 minute walk of my apartment, I still hadn’t made it to this beautiful area. Kokai Gijido is the government headquarters for Japan where all of the ministry buildings, the Diet (equivalent of the Capital) building, and the Prime Minister’s residence are located…

First, meet Tavish and Dahlia. This are my fellow fellows here in Tokyo. Tavish unfortunately had to return to the United States so we had a nice goodbye lunch yesterday.
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I see the funniest things written on t-shirts here.

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I really like the composition of this one, but its too bright :/ I’m slowly learning to take way more photos than I think I need to get a good shot.

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This cat posed for some pictures…

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…and then decided to take a nap 🙂 — side note: this was THE BIGGEST cat I have ever seen.

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A short walk from Hibiya is Kokai Gijido.

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This is the Diet Building (no, it isn’t the ministry of losing weight) which is equivalent to the Capitol in Washington D.C. An interesting fact, this building was completed in 1936, just at the start of Japanese aggression leading up to World War II…Just think about all the conversations that must have occurred in there.

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I met these two women outside the Diet building. I asked them what their signs said and if I could take a picture, “Japan doesn’t need nukes anymore!” they replied, and asked if I would like to have a picture with them as well.

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Which I did…There was a police officer standing right behind the woman who took this and appeared very curious as to why this foreigner would want a picture with the ladies.

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The Prime Minister’s official residence was obscured by a huge wall and bushes, but you could see the very top of it. Apparently he whines about having to live there. Hah!

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Chris

Night Moves

If you don’t get the Bob Seger reference it’s okay. If you don’t know who Bob Seger is please educate yourself – http://youtube.com/watch?v=_mRFWQoXq4c

Taking photos at night is a blast! There are so many opportunities to create neat effects with lighting and lack-there-of. All of these are from the Omotesandō area. If you can’t tell, I love bikes. Tokyo has THE COOLEST bikes ever. There’s not too many descriptions to go along with these, just pure enjoyment. The pictures are easily most of my new favorites.

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Thanks for stopping by today!
Chris

Omotesandō and Meji Shrine

I’ve been meaning to visit the Meji Shrine and Yoyogi Park for some time now. The area could be described as the Central Park of Tokyo (there’s even a building that looks strikingly similar to the Empire State). The Meji Shrine was built around 90 years ago on a piece of neglected land, and is now one of the most pleasant spots in the city. I was also told that Yoyogi would be a good place to see some of Tokyo’s more…colorful…personalities. The nearby Harajuku area is actually famous for its striking fashions, but for now enjoy these photos of the park. 🙂

Tokyo has some incredible juxtapositions of the natural and developed worlds…

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I forget the story behind these barrels of wine, but they’re “old-ish” (that’s an official wine term)

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The park was quite dark under the shade of the trees, but opportunities presented themselves. I’m considering investing in a fast 35mm lens for my Nikon, but I also really want an old film, compact rangefinder and they’re about the same price…decisions, decisions >:)

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After my visit to the shrine I walked back through Omotesandō and passed the Audi Forum Tokyo.

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I love Audis. How cool is that!!??

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I have a small obsession with taking pictures of my meals here (usually to the dismay of whoever I’m eating with). They’re so cool though! Everything comes on a neat little tray and they even give you a wipe to clean your hands. Lavazza coffee is delicious so I was excited to find a café here 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by!
Chris

When life gives you lemons…take pictures of people with umbrellas!

I went to visit the Rat Hole Gallery in Omotesando today (which is much nicer than the name allows) and it was pouring. I stopped at a small cafe to eat lunch and was told the seating area was only for those who ordered a drink as well. I politely declined paying ¥400 for a small coffee, and took my lunch outside. While I stood there eating a grilled cheese, I noticed the scene unfolding in front of me would make for great photography!

I’ve discovered some of the best photos come in this way, finding a scene and waiting for the right subjects to walk into it. I snapped around 70 photos of people walking by with umbrellas. The ones below I would consider the ‘best’ and each work in their own way. I’d definitely like to hear what you think though.

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Thanks for stopping by.
-Chris