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!
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!
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!
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!