Tokyo & Osaka in Black and White

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When I’m not traveling and at home in Tokyo, I tend to stay close to family and not getting out much.  I miss getting out and shooting.   Walking with no real purpose other than taking a photos and enjoying the scene.  My friend Steve was in town as well as another photographer I have been trying to meet up with so I took the opportunity for a rare night out.  I had a short business trip to Osaka shortly before he came.  Below are some shots taken in both cities.

OsakaOsaka

Osaka

Osaka

 

Water Gang? (the Kanji in the eyes are water ‘mizu’)

Mizu Gang

Mizu Gang

Street ArtStreet Art 

First we hit up Shimokitazawa.   It’s been 4 years since I have been here.   This place reminds me a bit of Jiyugaoka.

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

It took me a minute to figure out why there was a Heineken sign.   A FlowerShop Bar – OK.

Shimokitazawa

A Coffee Shop T-Shirt Store…

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

On to Hamonica Yokocho.  Another place I haven’t been in years.

Tokyo Train

Tokyo Train

Steven Collins

Steven Collins (above). The little alleyways, bars and restaurants make this such a fun place to shoot, and eat and drink.

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

This guy sits with his customers and drinks with them.  The walls are full of pictures of his customers.

Harmonica Yokocho

Harmonica Yokocho

Joe in action…

Joe Allam

Joe Allam

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Friends

Friends

Last stop Golden Gai…

Golden Gai

Golden Gai

Another night at the Photographer’s Bar.

Photographer's Bar

A new Bartender…

Photographer's Bar

Photographer’s Bar

Photographer's Bar

Photographer’s Bar

Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka

A new coffee shop opened up in Jiyugaoka – Alpha Beta Coffee Club.    I really like this place.  The coffee is fantastic and I really like the Tuna melt.

Alpha Beta Coffee

Alpha Beta Coffee

Alpha Beta Coffee

Alpha Beta Coffee

Alpha Beta Coffee

Alpha Beta Coffee

While I was walking around shooting some shots of the coffee shop I found one of my co-workers Naomi.  She also recently started a business – Kittyzilla!  Selling some cool cat related things she makes.

Naomi from Kittyzilla

Naomi from Kittyzilla

Dave Powell
Dave Powell is a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan who shoots with a Leica M9. He is the publisher of ShootTokyo, a friendly daily photography blog which he calls a "labor of love." You can follow him on Twitter @ShootTokyo and visit his photo blog site at http://www. shoottokyo.com.
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