En Route Shinjuku

En Route Shinjuku

My friend Scott was in town on business this week.   We both have a lot in common; we both love Japan, speak Japanese, have Japanese wives, love photography and even both of our kids are named Kai.  It's a little freaky to meet someone that has that much in common with you... We met up at the Grand Hyatt with the intention of making our way to Golden Gai for some shooting via Shinjuku

Today's configuration:  Leica M Monochrom with a Summicron 28mm f/2.0

The Grand Hyatt Roppongi

The Grand Hyatt Roppongi

Pipo-chan

Pipo-chan

Maybe I am not up on technology as much as I think I am but a QR Code bar?   Did a miss a massive technology trend?   I was surprised when looking at my photos how much this woman standing in front of this bar looks like my wife.    I had to make sure it wasn't actually her!

QR Code Bar in Roppongi

QR Code Bar in Roppongi

I walked past this girl as we were heading for the train and turned back around to stop her to take her photo.   I did this once before and love the shot I got from it.   People are often shy about asking but what is the worst that someone is going to say to you?   'No!'?  It probably doesn't get much worst than that so just get over it and you will end up taking some great shots.

Girl in the Subway

Girl in the Subway

I felt really inspired yesterday and was really happy with the images I was able to capture last night.

I am glad I was able to get out and shoot my Monochrom last night.  I needed to drop it off at Leica Ginza today as they need to replace the CCD sensor.  I brought it in a few weeks ago to have the sensor cleaned and they informed me that someone was wrong with it and the entire sensor needed to be replaced.   Thankfully it was under warranty and the good people of Leica will be fixing it for free.   It is about ~$3,000 to replace it I think so I'm glad it is covered.

Subway

Subway

Subway

Subway

Walk towards the light...

Subway

Subway

We actually got off one stop too early under Maynds Tower.   Perhaps it was just a force of habit since I worked in this building for my first 10 years in Tokyo.

Subway

Subway

Subway Employee

Subway Employee

Off to hit the streets of Shinjuku, the Yakitori Alleys and Golden Gai...

Maynds Tower

Maynds Tower

Thanks for stopping by today...

Yakitori in Shinjuku

Yakitori in Shinjuku

Around Nakane

Around Nakane

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