Tokyo ~ One Year Photo-Retrospective, Part 1

About 1 year ago this month I was working as a journalist for the Japan Times newspaper and having an absolute blast living in Tokyo. I think a lot of people visit Japan with a very specific preconception of what the country is all about. I can guarantee you it is nothing like the stereotypes. I really did not know what to expect, but my experience surpassed anything I could have hoped for. Japan is a truly unique place that never ceased to surprise me. Please enjoy some of my favorite images and stories in this three part post.

 

Tokyo is a city of juxtapositions: old and new, bustling and quiet, thrilling and relaxed. This is the Hie Shrine which was a few minutes walk from my apartment in Akasaka. The Shrine is hundreds of years old yet is surrounded by modern sky scrapers and blends seamlessly into the surrounding area. This is a scene characteristic of countless places all over Tokyo.

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Here is another great example. I took this while wandering around Shibuya one evening. The world’s busiest intersection and this guy is as relaxed as ever on his bike (and rocking a fedora to boot). So Tokyo.

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Here’s another shot of the Shibuya intersection. I had to stealthily sneak up to the top floor of a hotel to get this shot.

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And as it turns out, the land of the rising sun is also the land of the setting sun. I snapped this from the roof of my apartment building the night after Hurricane Guchol passed over Japan. The hurricane itself is a whole different story, but this is definitely one of my favorite photos from the entire 8 weeks there.

Tokyo Sunset

Well, I guess some of the stereotypes are true…Thanks for stopping by today!

Japanese vending machines

 

-Chris

Market Street Walk

I went to the San Francisco farmer’s market yesterday at the Embarcadero. If you haven’t been it’s a must do in SF and happens every Saturday. It also turns out that yesterday was the start of the Nordstrom’s men’s half yearly sale and some massive Macy’s sale, so I decided to walk up Market Street to Union Square in search of no-show dress socks for summer at work.

Today’s set up is just my iPhone 4 with the Camera Plus app which I highly recommend. I spent some time looking for shots that I will want to retake with one of my film cameras later in the summer. Enjoy!

The Bay Bridge.
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Office buildings on Market Street. I tried to create an interesting perspective by aligning the edge of the building with the frame of the photo.
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The Contemporary Jewish Museum near Yerba Buena Park.
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The lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. So many photographic opportunities because of the full-height atrium, but I really liked this sculpture with the dangling lights in particular.
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Thanks for stopping by today!
Chris

I’ve moved to San Francisco!

Actually Berkeley, but I’ll be spending a lot of time in SF when I’m not working. I’m getting settled in my apartment for the summer with my lovely girlfriend and finally had time to get out and shoot today. I’m hoping to have film developed and ready to go on the site by this weekend. For now I’ll leave you with some pictures from my trip here in March. I love how rich the colors are on Ektar!

-Chris

Union Square

Golden Gate Bridge

City by the Bay