The One about Taking Photos very late in Tokyo Pt. 1


While crime does happen in Japan, it’s not like the United States (specifically major metropolitan areas) where you have to worry of someone attacking you in the wee hours of the morning, while walking.

Quite often, Tokyo is lively late at night but with the trains coming to a close late at night, many people try to get home before midnight.  Those who walk try to find a cab, those who are trying to get something to eat or drink at the local konbini (convenience store) or grocery store and a few who are drunk and try to walk home.  And quite a few wearing their bikes.

Fortunately, there are some restaurants that are opened very late, so those who get out of work late or joining up with friends can find a few places to go early in the morning.

But for the most part, it’s quite peaceful and so I took my camera out and decided to take photos.

First, it’s not good to take street photos with people in the wee hours of morning as you may freak people out.  My purpose was to capture the area, in this case, Jimbocho, in the wee hours of the morning.

Jimbocho is a location where business professionals flock to work, so it’s not crowded.  Not like Shibuya or Shinjuku, which I stayed out late before on a Saturday night and is still crowded.  My focus was on the buildings, not crowds.