Today’s Christmas Eve but in Japan that doesn’t give us any special holidays or time off from work, it’s business as usual here in Tokyo! Here’s some pictures I took in Ginza, sort of a continuation on yesterday’s post. There’s still nothing better for me than to just walk around in Tokyo with my camera and just let my mind wander as much as my feet. Can we call it the zen of street photography? Japan is also clean and safe enough to be able to do this, so I’m doubly lucky. The big fashion houses are putting on a brave display as they probably want us to forget about the recession, and I quite liked the harlequin themed LV display with the little elephants! I saw the same display in Nagoya so I guess it is global as well. There’s still a few brave people riding bicycles in the busy Ginza traffic, which I wouldn’t have the guts to do! The second to last duo of photos are a little bit interesting. My camera had focusing problems and I was trying to unjam it when it suddenly snapped back and it seems I got a nice photo of a young lady with a very astonished look. Here’s hoping that I get some time to go out this weekend!
Looking over the photos I took in Tokyo during the last month I noticed that I have a number of snap shots of fathers and kids (and a few of mothers and kids). Like the one below, a snap I took at Kagurazaka a couple of weeks ago. That got me thinking, wouldn’t it be fun to create a photo book with all my snaps of handsome men and their children? I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a book and the subject is close to the hearts of most people (I assume most human beings have some sort of relation to the concept of fathers and fatherhood). What do you think? Would you pick it up at a bookstore?
One victim of this whole energy saving campaign is my night time photography! It has become really hard to take decent street photography shots when it so dark outside, even in the city centers that are usually lit up like Christmas from morning to midnight. Here’s to show you what I mean, some really blurry, very boring photos of people going on with their lives and dimmer than usual Shibuya. You can’t really tell by these photos, but it was so dark even the auto focus on the camera had a hard time catching on. It looks brighter than it actually was. As a bonus I throw in a shot of my latest obsession, police cars with flashing lights! Enjoy!
On Sunday the 27th of March I passed through Shinjuku and was happy to see that the “center of Tokyo” was almost back to normal. Well, if you weren’t very familiar with Shinjuku you wouldn’t be able to tell what was still a little bit odd after the quake. So, far from what you see on the news, Tokyo is still alive, still smiling and still kicking! Hopefully I can stop doing these Boring Tokyo posts soon! Still, that couple is really cute. Enjoy!