Out and about in Tokyo

Out and about in Tokyo

I am wrapping up the end of a long vacation and running a bunch of errands and getting somethings in order.  As I have said many times if you have your camera with you then you don’t need to go out shooting.  I believe it is theses times you will capture your best images.

Today’s configuration:  Leica M6J, Elmar-M 50mm f/2.8, Portra 400…and my iPhone. 

Yamanote Line

The Yamanote Line

I love the train manner signs in Japan.  Some are humorous, some are practical and some highlight social issues in Japan.  Often I see people sitting in the seats reserved for the elderly, handicapped or pregnant pretenting to be asleep while someone who is suppose to have that seat is standing in front of them but they are magically awoken the second the train stops at their stop.

Train Manners

On the Yamanote Line

I needed to update my working visa in Japan so I headed down to the Tokyo Immigration Office.  I showed up with my required paperwork;

1. Passport
2. Alien Registration Card (useful for spaceship parking)
3. Proof of health insurance
4. 2011 Income and Tax Statement
5. Employment Contract
6. Certified Job description from company
7. Marketing literature from company
8. Profit and loss statement from company
9. A copy of the company’s incorporation.
10. Completed forms

I showed my paperwork to the woman downstairs who send me to counter B.   The inspector at counter B reviewed my paperwork and gave me a number and told me to wait until it was called.   Looking at the number I was going to be there a while…

Tokyo Immigration Office

It took about 2 hours I was able to submit my documents.  I’ll get a post card in the mail in a month or so telling me to come back when it is approved.

Tokyo Immigration Bureau

I am thinking of starting a movement “Fashion Forward Street Photography”…. What do you think?    I updated my Google+ Profile with a photo of me in a suit and someone commented that it was against my image of me as a street photographer.  The reality is I am wearing a suit 50% of the time when I am shooting street photography as I shoot it while I am on the go.

Me in the mirror

I think this movement is going to take off!

Formal Street Photography Wear

Train Station
Train Station

A second frozen in time…

Train Station

Getting serious on the Yamanote Line.   When I went to take a picture as the door was about to close this posed very serious.  I think it makes for a funny photo…  He gave me a big smile after.

Serious on the train

I love shooting in Shibuya as I have said many times.  There is just always so much going on.

Shibuya Crossing

I haven’t shot much at night with film.   The color is great on these I think…


Hat Shop in Shibuya


Thanks for stopping by today!


  • Jon Levy

    The guy on the Yamanote Line is my favorite!! What a fantastic expression…I feel like that all the time on the train.

  • Moe

    Best dressed photographer that I’ve ever seen. Wow! Great suit and awesome tie…

  • http://obliqueexposure.wordpress.com/ Carlos Ferreira

    Fashion forward it is! I’d say just shoot whatever you happen to be dressing, from shell suits (yuk!) to Brioni suits.

  • Carol

    Excellent philosophical photography! And, by the way the suit is awesome and up to par in fashion! You really grabbed caricature and persona! Keep it up, it moves me towards my own realm in photography..

  • http://iamjenxi.com Jen Xi

    The Men in Black might just shoot subjects that are… out of this world.

    I don’t shoot in a suit but I’m in office wear when I’m out shooting during my lunch break. Long-sleeved shirts, dress pants and leather boots aren’t exactly what most people would think a street photographer would wear.

    This attire is uncomfortable for shooting in Singapore’s weather. Still, I try to shoot when I’m commuting to and from work, and during my lunch break.

  • http://www.naomimeller.com Naomi

    Dave, these are so great.
    I really need to get that old AE-1 to the camera shop and get some film to start practicing.
    And the shot of the gentleman making that serious face…just priceless!

  • Joe S.

    The tone of “On the Yamanote Line” is very cool and subtle! The Elmar seems tempting :)

  • Larry Starnes

    Because of you I am learning so much about a land that I don’t know a lot about and the people that live there….. Thanks, who knows one day I may see it for myself. This is the first time I’ve replied to a post that I have look at in all the years I have been on line so I hope you understand what you do is making me and I know others look at our earth and the people in it with a much bigger hearth.

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Yes… I loved this guy Jon.

  • http://www.imenesaid.com imene

    I love how your tie and the strap are coordinated. who said you need to be in jeans to do street photography ;o)

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Carlos – I like custom tailored suits…but I do like Brioni and Zenga ties.

    Jen – Me too…except I usually work during my lunch break or have a lunch meeting.

    Thanks Naomi – The guy on the train is my favorite. I couldn’t have staged that expression if I wanted to.

    Joe – The Elmar-M is surprisingly good. I am scanning my first roll of Black and White with it and I love how the shots are looking.

    Larry – Well Thanks for deciding to make here your first place to comment. I am glad you are enjoying it here.

    Imene – It’s easy since 90% of my ties are red!

  • King

    I did not know Tokyo faces the same challenge as singapore of commuters pretending to sleep while sitting on a reversed seat.

  • Patrick Chin

    Very nice tie.
    I only recently started following your site. I like your photographs very much and your approach of photography. I have learned a lot from your great writings.
    Patrick from Taiwan

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Thanks Patrick… glad you find the site.

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