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Tsukiji fish market

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The Tsukiji fish market is a place you must definitely visit while in Tokyo. It’s the biggest wholesale market in the world and it’s really impressive to see. If you are ready to wake up really really early you have the possibility to see the tuna auctions which starts at 5am (we were not ready to wake up that early). From 9 to 11 you can visit the market itself. You must be very careful because the alleys are not very wide and you have to watch out for the people who are working there so that you don’t bother them. At 10.30am some workers are already packing their gear and you can see some people cleaning huge knives they use to cut the fishes.

The place is extremely clean (you are in Japan remember) and I was very surprised not to smell the fish or seafood odor I was expecting. And even at 9am in the morning I really wanted to taste the food that you can find there. Just after the market we had the freshest sushis possible as breakfast. It was great !

I am very pleased with the pics I shot with my Leica. I had Portra 400 rolls and because of the light I had to shoot at apertures from 1.4 to 2.8. I managed to get some good shots even if focusing is not always easy at these apertures especially when the subjects are always moving.

Scans by Carmencita.

Streets of Tokyo

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In the streets of Tokyo, you walk a lot, but really a lot. You better get some comfortable shoes because we walked around 15km a day during two weeks. While walking in Tokyo, you will come across many different neighborhoods, which have completely different atmospheres. Some places are modern, loud, flashy and always crowded, some areas are very quiet with a more traditional architecture.

The contrast you can find between two neighborhoods is always surprising and it’s one the things that I like so much about Tokyo.

 

All pics are shot with the Leica M6 (scans by Carmencita). I guess I will make a similar post but with iPhone pics only.

 

Dogs in Japan

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When you travel to Japan, you must prepared to discover things in the japanese culture that will feel or look really strange to your european eye. I was prepared for that, but was definitely not expecting to see something like the dog-owner meeting that we saw in Yoyogi Park. This park is next to the Harajuku district and on Sundays the people of Tokyo are going there for a picnic with the family, they jog or just chill under the sakuras…

 

We wanted to see the famous rockers who are there on Sunday but we couldn’t find them. We kept on searching to finally find this dog-owners meeting between the Yoyogi Stadium and the park and it was just crazy/amazing.

Hundreds of dogs and their owners were there, you could find little photo studios with complete light setup and everything to shoot your dog, people were selling dog food and all kind of fashion accessories for your pet. And we also discovered how dogs in Japan are treated by their owners.

They carry them around in strollers, they dress them. I saw this dog with a Supreme box tee and told to my girlfriend “look this one even has a Supreme t-shirt” and the owner was next to me and looked at me very proudly saying yeah Supreme (Supleme with the real japanese accent) with a huge smile on his face.

 

Dogs in Japan seem to be treated like kids and visiting such a meeting is the perfect place to hear the famous japanese word “kawaii” all the time !

 

During a trip like this, the unexpected discoveries are the best way to discover a culture.

 

Scans by Carmencita Film Lab.