Two and a half years ago I posted about one of the great joys of Tokyo, the live jazz street bands that play for free outside some of the major stations, like this band. A couple of weeks ago I happened to see them again in the very same spot, some new members, but the fantastic drummer was still there! You can see a short 45 second clip of him in this video. Before I got my camera ready another photographer (blogger perhaps?) started shooting in front of me. It’s always fun to see other photographers at work!
No special theme today, I’ve had a busy week so last night to clear my head I took my camera for a walk. Here’s some snapshots from today and this past month, all from around Tokyo Station of Ginza, early evening. The shot of the Tokyo Station dome is inspired by the poster promoting it that can be found around the city right now. Tokyo Station really is one of my favorite buildings in Japan!
Sometimes when I don’t have anything special to shoot I just enjoy going out with my camera and stand still in one spot for awhile, waiting for the the picture to come to me. I was in Asakusa, waiting for a couple of friends to come out of a store and the rain was pouring down, as it had for the last 24 hours. People were hurrying, hunkered down, almost scowling at the cold spring rain, but I still got some worthwhile snap shots. Every time I talk to tourists who have visited Japan they all tell me that the one thing they would have wanted to take more photographs of are the people and the crowds, so with that in my memory I try to always find as many people as possible for my photography. Usually, Asakusa is crowded beyond belief on weekends and sunnier days, so this was a good opportunity. I find that Asakusa really is the number one tourist spot in Japan, because there is something for everyone in a family, in a tour group or a group of friends: great shopping, great food, great culture, great crowds. You can’t go wrong going to Asakusa if you are traveling in a group!
Last post was a little bit of a teaser for this one, more about the famous Ameyayokocho shopping street in Ueno. A must stop for tourists visiting Tokyo this is an area where you can basically anything you need in terms of clothes, food, make up, golf equipment and almost anything else you can imagine. The last time I walked through this street with my camera was also blogged, and again, and once more, perhaps you will notice the large increase of panda bears since just a little over two years ago. I took these at the very best hour for photography obviously.