Deanne Bañares

Writer & Blogger

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Konichiwa, Tokyo!

Last week, my husband and I visited Tokyo for our second honeymoon. For this trip, we made sure that we would leave the Land of the Rising Sun with photos that tell detailed stories. We didn't want to just point and shoot and have selfies. So before we left, I took Dan's class on Skillshare and my husband brushed up on his photography skills. We enjoyed taking photos this time around... I think it also helped that Tokyo is so interesting and photogenic! Enjoy!

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I used my iPhone 6 and my husband used his CANON SLR. In these set of photos, everything was shot by the iPhone except the 'Signs of Life' photo. 

1. BIRD'S EYE VIEW

We visited Asakusa to get a glimpse of the famous Nakamiste Shopping Street and Senso-ji Temple. Little did we know that a hundred other people had the same plan as us. Although it was cramped, it was still a lot of fun checking out the Japanese goodies and watching the Japanese worship in the temple. I decided to shoot from a higher angle to capture the great crowd that spanned from the start of the shopping street till the temple. If I shot on eye level, I would have just captured backs and backpacks! 

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2. OFF THE BEATEN PATH 

We arrived in Tokyo at 11 pm and despite the late night arrival, our feet were itching to explore the place around our hotel. We kept walking and walking, searching for a restaurant. When we turned a corner, about a kilometer away from our hotel, we stumbled upon this Yakitori Alley. It was 12 midnight already, the little stalls were still open yet there were only a few people. We smelled the smoke from the grilling and we knew we found our spot for the night. 

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3. MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

We were walking around the Shinjuku area and once I saw what this main road had, I knew I had to take a photo. I absolutely love the juxtaposition between the grit of the city and the feminine detail of the Hello Kitty decor. Even in ordinary moments, you can sense the pop Japanese culture. 

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4. SIGNS OF LIFE

Just one word for this photo: HARAJUKU. In her clothes, accessories, background. Perfection.

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5. ICONIC POSTCARD

Everyone takes photos of the fish in Tsukiji Fish Market. I decided to take a photo of the aftermath. After the vendors sell their best catch of the day, after chefs come and grab the best haul they can find, it's this: chaos, but the good kind. When you see chaos like this, you know something great has just happened. And for Japanese cuisine, it's all about the seafood. 

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I hope you enjoyed the photos and that they gave you a glimpse of Japanese culture. My husband and I had so much fun searching for the best moments and angles to capture. For more snippets, you can check out my Instagram account: http://instagram.com/deannevf/. Thank you, Dan, for this class! It was a whole lot of fun and I learned so much! 

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