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Lots of great pictures in this Shinjuku photowalk :] It’s quite on par with Shibuya for it’s hustle and bustle of people around. Tough personally I didn’t enjoy this area as much as Shibuya or Ikebukuro. Why ? Probably the “hey… HEY ! wanna see some Japanese ***’s ?” questions I get from the Nigerian people who are scouting to attract people into seedy places by just simply walking around Kabukicho or the square around Koma Gekijo (some nice 50 yen arcades here)
It’s even worse in Roppongi if I wanna drop by the Hard rock cafe there which is livelier than the one at Ueno JR station but the “Roppongi hassle” just makes me not go anymore when i’m in Tokyo.
So I’m curious. As somebody who isn’t native from Japan and also looks that way to the general public of Tokyo/Japan such as yourself; do you ever get these questions that I get ?
After a while these scouts blend into the scenery just like telephone wires in photographs. I am usually ready to be approached and wave a “no thankyou” before being asked. It is the same with people collecting money in front of Shibuya station for earthquake victims, and people handing out flyers for contact lenses. They are everywhere, but if you give them a firm “no” straight away they wont keep following you. 🙂
Pictures clean as always.
New experience to follow. It’ll be 20 years of Shinjuku now? ^^
Tokyo and neon are a match made in heaven. Beautiful!
Awesome night time photos…makes me want to go back even more! (Next August is the plan…….can’t wait!!!)
Moe-ish! Japan 🙂
very nice indeed 🙂
A bit sad to the Sakuraya store’s neon sign not glowing anymore. Will it be replaced by a Bic Camera ?
Not sure if BIC Camera will move in. They have a pretty good corner spot right now in front of the station. Will have to see what happens in Shibuya Center-gai though 🙂
Beautiful pics of Shinjuku. It was video of this part of Tokyo in the movie Lost In Translation which finally got me on a plane to Tokyo 3 years ago. After walking around the west part of town, I went up into the Park Hyatt and sat at the bar where many of the movies scenes take place and watched the sun go down and the neon come up while drink a cold Suntory beer. Went into Kabukicho afterwards and was truly stunned by the place. The seedy parts including the sex joints are a minor thing compared to the rest of the place. I really envy you for being there for 20 years.
Yes, many people enjoyed the scenes in Lost In Translation and decided to check out Japan. They should make more movies in Tokyo 😉 Maybe next time I will head more into the Shinjuku business district to take some shots.
Look like leftover Christmas lights were left up.
nice pick 🙂
I’d go for Ducky Duck Coffee, if there was no Starbucjs around. Just to try it.
Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Japan Photo-Post http://bit.ly/cX9bdu A plethora of sights sounds and an abundance of people. Wo 20= years so the time has passed so quickly. After seeing these photos of yours, which are great as usual, 🙂 I think I would rather be around the Shibuya area myself. i really love the changing of the sky from light blue to the almost midnite blue color.But a great photo walk just the same.
Ja mata ne.
Thanks. I hadn’t planned to go on this photo walk, just suddenly got on the train and then jumped out at Shinjuku. Haven’t been around for years even though it is only 10 minutes from Shibuya. Definitely, I am more at home in Shibuya 😉
Rilakkuma, the Goodwill ambasadore, for whoever he advertises for.
Rilakkuma will bring you good luck in catching one.
Love your night photos of Shinjuku (my favorite is still the area near the Disney Store)…would also be greatful to know what camera model you’re using, I want to buy a really good night photo camera.
You can view his camera equipment by going over the photo’s and clicking on camera info 🙂
But to save you the trouble; it’s a Nikon D700 :-]
I purchased one last weekend after debating for the longest time between a D300s (for the video) or D700 (for the low-light performance) ; am not regretting the purchase.
Thanks. Have been out today so didn’t get chance to reply. For night shots the FX Sensor on the D700 is definitely good. I keep thinking I want to try some video, but still photography is my main interest. 🙂 I normally use the faster lenses. As lithiumangel said, hover over the photo and click on the camera info. You can see settings and lenses here as well. Thanks.
I would have so much fun living there. Love the Hello Kitty shot. I’m all about that but there is so much more to japanese culture that I love.
gorgeous photos.. the intensity of the colours is awesome. my own photos from kabukicho almost seem drab by comparison.
alcoholics rejoice they have abc department stores
This post takes me right back to my stay in Shinjuku last summer. Mos Burger!
If you ever visit Tokyo you must check out Shinjuku and Shibuya.
Very Nice Pictures I Will return to Tokyo late October
Very nice pics, give a real feel for what it must be like to be in Japan, at street level.
The Shinjuku is the place where all streetlight meets at a point.. Really love this place…
I see many Coca Cola signs.
Indeed a great post for a wonderful place. A dream destination for visitors.Thanks!!
Great city to live in. As a visitor I had a great time over there last year.
A Wonderful place to visit. Must go.