For this series of street portraits I went to the Shimo-Kitazawa neighborhood in Setagaya-ku this Sunday. It is renowned as a more casual and more alternative entertainment area than Shibuya, so the people were more relaxed and dressed less business-like than the Shibuya crowd. While I was there, the Indie Fanclub festival of local independent rock bands was happening in about a dozen venues, which means my subjects were even more friendlier than usual. Instead of ignoring the camera quite a few people reacted positively, so not all these shots are really candid…
Japanese girl with long, wavy brown hair, fake eyelashes and white shirt with pink vest.
Japanese woman dressed in a classic black-and-red outfit.
Casual Japanese couple having a good time walking in Shimokita.
Japanese girl making v-sign because she saw me taking pictures.
This young lady was in a group of five girls who were happy to be photographed.
Three Japanese girls smiling towards the camera.
Japanese guy casually picks his nose while talking with his girlfriend.
Another style-conscious Japanese couple in gray t-shirts.
Grumpy looking rock music fan with Rolling Stones t-shirt.
Mouthbreathing Japanese guy with blonde hair.
Young woman adjusting her earphones while looking to the left.
Girl standing next to her boyfriend who seems to be more interested in his cell phone.