B&W Shots from Asakusa

After the latest Japan Drop, I thought that I would follow it up with some analog photography.  These scans of my black and white shots really make the surroundings feel ancient.  Asakusa is a beautiful place during the day and night; these photos of the lively market goers show just how packed the shopping street can get just after sundown.  I like shooting in this medium because you can get a sense of movement that is unparalleled.  In many of the photos, I myself was being knocked around by the crowd and the slightly unleveled framing gives that away.  The film also gives a nice quality to the movement of people, blurring just enough to hint at the gesture.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do and I hope they give you a greater sense of Senso-ji!

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Asakusa, Tokyo!

This drop contains images from a very interesting area of Tokyo called Asakusa.  The beads that I received from the Senso-ji temple I still haven’t taken off to this day.  This temple complex is extremely spiritual and full of life.  In the promenade, souvenirs are sold ranging from small trinkets to large katanas and beautiful kimonos.  The main grounds of the temple are protected by the Hozomon Gate.  This gate is extremely detailed and holds one of the three ginormous lanterns as well as expertly carved wood figures.  The skilled craftsmen of the temple did not only design and built the architecture present here, but they also created the sculptures, details and pictures carved into it.  According to the legends of Asakusa, two brothers fished the statue of Kannon (goddess of mercy) from the river Sumida.  They tried to put the statue back into the river but fortunately the statue would always return to them.  After this phenomenon, they planned to build a temple which started in 628 A.D. and was finally completed in 645 A.D.  There is so much this area can offer to anyone visiting.  Senso-ji is exquisitely detailed and is best seen on a clear blue day to contrast the red architecture.  I would go back in a heartbeat.

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Osaka!

Osaka is one of my most favorite places I travelled to during my time in Japan.  I got to see many famous places as well as a spontaneous festival that truly inspires me to this day.  The culture of the city is more relaxed than the rest of Japan and the citizens here do things a little differently.  While most of Japanese people ride the right side of the escalator, Osakans ride the opposite.  Paired with a heavier dialect, this city is far different from the polished jewel that Tokyo maintains.  This rustic 80’s-90’s quality that Osaka has is something that I wish I could find in a city on the east coast.

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Tokyo Tower!  This is one of the first landmarks that I got acquainted with in Tokyo.  I would pass it when I would walk to Temple University Japan (TUJ).  The cover photo is the first time I got up close to the tower and I was truly amazed with the area that is immediately around it.

Zojo-ji is the Buddhist Temple pictured in the first image.  The first time I explored this area was after I went to Minato City Hall, which is really close!  This temple is huge and very interesting.  Arriving in Japan one of the things I noticed right away was the overwhelming amount technology and how well it was integrated in everything .  This is a good example of this juxtaposition of new and old in a simple and effortless way that Japan does so well.

The rest of the images are from the lookout inside Tokyo Tower.  I was lucky enough to be there during sunset.  Seeing the city light up was absolutely stunning.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! Check back soon for another drop!

Folded Pages

Folded Pages is a building inspired by origami that is situated along a heavily trafficked staircase in Yanaka-Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.  This area of the city is traveled by people heading to the market or the train, both just down the street.  The area is constantly bustling with people of all different speeds and time frames.  To meet the needs of various groups, this building offers the public literature to read and share in three hierarchically diverse spaces.