After all the meetings and presentation with Fujifilm, fellow photographer Kevin Mullins and I had the opportunity to head out for a whole day all over Tokyo to test out a new lens and a new camera. We both became avid amateur photographers again and truly enjoyed the chance to just go out and shoot without any agenda, pressure or assignment. That is the kind of photography that got me so passionate about making images and that passion is still there.
We headed out early to capture some action at the fish market. Unfortunately my stomach didn’t want to coöperate and I felt so sick that I seriously considered going back to the hotel and sleep it off. I’m very happy that I hung in until I felt better after a good hour. Otherwise I would have missed all these amazing things.
Here’s the ice vendor:
After the fish market we headed for the temples of Asakusa.
A healthy sushi lunch did wonders to my stomach and energy levels. And I needed that to be able to capture the expressive, twisted and crazy atmosphere of Akihabara.
Tokyo has more inhabitants than my entire country and it’s hard to grasp the vastness of this city. To get a better idea of it’s scale, we headed over the the Sky Tree. This structure is 634 meters high and from it’s observation decks at 350 and 450 meters you get the best view on the city.
Shibuya Crossing was our next destination. This place where thousands of people cross the street at the same time is featured in movies like Lost in Translation and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. It looks spectacular in the movies but it’s even more spectacular if you are in that crowd.
I had a hard time trying to capture the feeling I got when crossing that street. It’s overwhelming like a wave of people coming your way while you are being propelled by another wave of people.
Even with every tourist guide in my backpack, I couldn’t have seen, experienced and learned so much in a single day. I really need to thank Yuto and Yuta, our local friends from Fujifilm for taking us on this Tokyo roller coaster.
Exhausted we took a taxi back to the area of our hotel. I managed to fire of this frame before dozing off in the back of the taxi.
We ended the day at a small restaurant for a delicious meal and a couple of beers. This is my tribute to Japan, the Land of the Rising Beer.
I stayed two more days on assignment for Fujifilm Belgium. Stay tuned for some of the images from those 48 hours.