The Ginza district in Tokyo named after the silver-coin mint established in the Edo Period, is now home to high end shops and restaurants. Our first hotel was in this district and it meant every walk home in the evening was a delight of bright lights. I don’t often get much chance in the UK to do much photography in the evening so this was quite a refreshing challenge to work with different conditions.
Here was the view from our first hotel room – a great spot for people watching.
While the main streets were full of high street brands that would be familiar in any city, it was the side streets that made Ginza so fascinating. Look down many of the side streets and you would see lots of different places to eat, but a totally different feel to the main street.
One evening we actually walked a bit too far, and missed the turning for our hotel but it meant we did end up seeing one of Tokyo’s most famous Kabuki theateres Kabuki-za.
This shop was closed but with this kind of shop front decoration I’m pretty sure I would have spent a fair bit of time in here! As you can see here there were plenty of shopping opportunities, although we were happy to just to wander around taking photos.
Much like in any city, I often discover things off the main street – you might just be able to see at the back of this photographs a Starbucks logo – this was the first Starbucks in Tokyo (which we did visit a couple of times).
For some reason I loved taking photographs of crossing in Japan. I think it is in part because they are so much bigger than in the UK and the bursts of activity that happen when the pedestrians start to walk make for some great images.