May 092010
 



 
Just south of Yoyogi Park is a large public stage where often festivals, concerts and other events happen at the weekend. This Saturday and Sunday there was a Jamaican music and culture festival and I went there and took a couple of photos of the crowd.

I was really surprised to see how many Japanese dads brought their young childrens to spend time with them. While a loud reggae concert is probably not the most children-friendly environment, it was nice, friendly overall atmosphere.

 Posted by at 16:30
May 082010
 



 
This official banner hangs above Takeshita-dōri, possibly the most famous street in Harajuku which is covered in virtually every tourist guide. Still the Harajuku merchant association, Shibuya city government and Harajuku police station can’t be bothered to find someone to proof-read their English announcements, resulting in this typical piece of Engrish language.

 Posted by at 17:03
May 082010
 



 
I love documenting people on the street. I am a street photographer at heart and I am especially fond of shooting candid portraits of everyday people, showing their style, clothing, and expressions when walking in public. The fashion hub Shibuya with its millions of commuters, shoppers and visitors is my favorite hunting ground for this photographic endeavor where I try to capture my subjects unaware.

A ganguro boy walking next to his good-looking friend.
A ganguro boy walking next to his good-looking friend.
An older Japanese lady dressed in brown.
An older Japanese lady dressed in brown.
Japanese boy with blond hair, black bow-tie and checkered sleeveless sweater. What a crazy combination!
Japanese boy with blond hair, black bow-tie and checkered sleeveless sweater. What a crazy combination!
Japanese girl drinking absent-mindedly from a Starbucks cup with a straw. Usually eating and drinking in public is frowned upon, but apparently she doesn't care.
Japanese girl drinking absent-mindedly from a Starbucks cup with a straw. Usually eating and drinking in public is frowned upon, but apparently she doesn't care.
A ganguro boy with a tan, lightened hair and colorful accessories.
A ganguro boy with a tan, lightened hair and colorful accessories.
A wary look from a passing Japanese woman.
A wary look from a passing Japanese woman.
Boy with pink-dyed hair.
Boy with pink-dyed hair.
Girl with long hair, contact lenses and white shirt.
Girl with long hair, contact lenses and white shirt.
A Japanese couple dressed in black & white walking hand-in hand. Note the Gothic Lolita in the background.
A Japanese couple dressed in black & white walking hand-in hand. Note the Gothic Lolita in the background.
Three young women waiting at the Meiji-dōri/Omote-sandō crossing.
Three young women waiting at the Meiji-dōri/Omote-sandō crossing.
Close portrait of a Japanese girl making a facial expression that is consider cute.
Close portrait of a Japanese girl making a facial expression that is consider cute.
Japanese guy with a colorful hoodie and white glasses.
Japanese guy with a colorful hoodie and white glasses.
 Posted by at 16:03
May 072010
 



 
Next to the Shimo-Kitazawa station I noticed this cool poster of the Japanese “chiptune” band YMCK. It displays a pretty accurate depiction the Shimo-Kitazawa station and the surrounding area, illustrated in cute computer/video game design. The railroad crossing on the right side really is one of the bottlenecks for traffic here, and occasionally it can take quite some time until you will be able to cross the tracks in rush hour train schedule. Since this neighborhood is a center for the more alternative music styles, I guess it is a pretty neat idea to advertise here with a custom-made banner.

 Posted by at 20:46
May 072010
 



 
The Japanese people love picture-taking and have still an ingrained love for vintage cameras. Not only can you see lot of people shooting manual cameras in the streets, classic cameras are also cool enough as accessories. This metal pendant of a Nikon FM2 SLR was seen in a shop in Shimo-Kitazawa, available for ¥479.

 Posted by at 17:39
May 052010
 



 
At night toads are a not-that-uncommon sight on the streets of residential Tokyo. And these critters can grow pretty big, although the one shown here is not one of the big ones. As I am not an amphibiologist I cannot say for sure which species this is, perhaps an Australian cane toad? After I took this picture I moved it from the street to a nearby front yard, so it would not be run over by a car.

 Posted by at 20:35
May 042010
 



 
Although the cherry blossom season has already ended, there are still a lot of special sakura foods and drinks available. Even the Swiss Nestlé company is offering interesting flavors exclusively for the Japanese market, where their chocolate confectionery is very popular. On the left of this photo you see Kit Kat candy bars with sakura & macha tea, while on the right Framboise (raspberry) pie flavor bars are pictured.

 Posted by at 19:55