Shinjuku street photography

Before living in Japan I didn’t have any interest photography, now it is my passion. My interest started back in 2005 after seeing in action two great Japanese photographers taking pictures in Shinjuku: Moriyama Daido and Nobuyoshi Araki. I didn’t know it at the time, but they were and they still are two of the greatest Japanese photographers ever. I was fascinated by how they merged into the crowd with their little cameras. There was something about the passion they showed that captivated me.

I’ve been trying many types of photography during the years. Even though I like taking all types of pictures I’ve found that what I enjoy the most is doing the same as Araki and Moriyama: walking the streets and capture moments and people. I like the feeling of capturing a very unique moment on the street: a gesture, a group of people talking, leg shadows merging with neon lights reflected on rain water.

 

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Capcom cafeteria

Capcom will open a cafeteria and restaurant in Saitama by the end of this month. They will serve potion drinks and food with various ornaments inspired by Capcom video-games, most of them from Monster Hunter X. Next to the coffee shop they will also open a shop with exclusive merchandising.

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Official web, Google Maps location.

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Cats expected to top dogs as most popular pet in Japan

Until now dogs where the most popular pet in Japan but the “Japan Pet Food Association” has announced that the dog population is decreasing and the cats are taking over.
If nothing changes there will be more cats than dogs by the end of 2015. Dogs and cats will population will total more than 20 million.

Meanwhile, human population in Japan keeps decreasing.

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More about cats in Japan:

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New 100 meters World Record for the 105 to 109 years old category

Hidekichi Miyazaki, born in Kyoto 105 years ago, run this weekend 100 meters in 42.22 seconds. With this time he set a new World Record for his category of elder between 105 and 109 years old. It was a bittersweet record since his objective was to finish the 100 meters sprint in 35 seconds. I guess we must not be fully satisfied in order to keep living :)

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Vía News on Japan

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Bullet train arrives to Hokkaido

Japan Railways just announced that the connexion using the Seikan tunnel (53km long under the sea) with shinkansen bullet trains between Shin-Hakodate and Shin-Aomori will start operating next March. This will be the first time that the famous shinkansen bullet trains operates in the northern Japanese island. When the the rest of the currently under-construction sections are finished it will be posible to travel from Sapporo until Tokio in four hours by train. It will also be posible to move from Sapporo until Kagoshima, separated by more than 1500km using only bullet trains… but for this case it will still probably be much better to use planes :)

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Inauguration ceremony. Photo by Asahi.com

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By 2020 we will be able to travel from Tokyo to Sapporo in four hours riding the bullet train

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More information at JR website

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Mount Aso eruption

Mount Aso in Kyushu erupted yesterday. The smoke column reached today 4km into the sky! In one week we had weird earthquake in Tokyo, floods, typhoons and now a volcano erupting. Please, mother earth, give us a rest, the last thing we need is an alien invasion to feel like the people living in Sim City.

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Mixing reality with fiction from the anime Free!

I love series of photos comparing real locations with Japanese manga or anime. My favourite is the The garden of words, the art of the movie is so good that if you don’t look carefully you might not be able to distinguish reality from fiction. This new series of pictures has been collected by @momo_hiki29 during a trip to Iwami, the town where the characters of the anime Free! live.

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Other series of photos mixing reality and animation:

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Sand Godzilla at Shinjuku

The artist Toshihiko Hosaka has crafted a 3,6 meters tall Godzilla at the Chuo park in Shinjuku. The statue is part of the festival “Shinjuku Creators Festa 2015” that is celebrated every year at the end of summer. You can see the Godzilla until the end of this month here.

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The art of Gundam exhibition

If you are visiting Tokyo this summer and you love Gundam I recommend visiting the “The art of Gundam” exhibition at the Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills, direction and opening times ). It features Gundam art in a chronological order and there are tons of original drawings and sketches by Yoshiyuki Tomino.

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More photos from inside the exhibition at the official site

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