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
 



 
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 042010
 



 
This Golden Week Tuesday I went to the Inokashira Park in Kichijōji. It was pretty crowded and lots of entertainment and photo opportunities were provided. The central features of the park are the large Inokashira Pond and a small temple dedicated to the love goddess Benzaiten. Paddle boats and row boats are offered for riding on the lake and were very popular. However, there is said to be a spell over the park by the vengeful Benzaiten, bringing love affairs to an untimely finish. To make this one a self-full-filling pro­phecy, appa­rently young people choose a boat ride as a place to tell their significant other that they want to break up. So be warned if your boy- or girl­friend wants you to take a ride on the pond…

On this day there was an art market with many vendors selling postcards, illustrations and other self-made artworks. There were also performers entertaining the crowds, playing puppets or telling stories. One mime was using simple accessories to perform famous pieces of art as some kind of DIY open-air museum. He also incorporated members of the audience for some pieces. Unfortunately, I did only see part of his performance, but I did grab a shot of him presenting the classical Madonna and Child theme with a surprised young man.

People riding row boats and swan-like paddle boats on the Inokashira Pond.
People riding row boats and swan-like paddle boats on the Inokashira Pond.
Children playing in the playground of the Ino­kashira Park. I have no idea why the young boy is sticking out his tongue, perhaps he is just eager to use the slide.
Children playing in the playground of the Ino­kashira Park. I have no idea why the young boy is sticking out his tongue, perhaps he is just eager to use the slide.
Japanese mime performing the "Madonna with child" theme in front of an amused audience.
Japanese mime performing the "Madonna with child" theme in front of an amused audience.
 Posted by at 17:25