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  • Writer's pictureLee Walton


Updated: Dec 6, 2019

I spent a couple of days in the capital this summer.

As I knew I would be walking around for most of the 2 days, I decided against taking my hefty Nikon D750 and bought a little Panasonic Lumix GF6 especially for the trip and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the camera and the pictures it produced.

Of course, no where near comparable to a high spec FX camera, but the novelty of carrying around a tiny light-weight body instead of a brick of a DSLR has made me really think hard about jumping ship to a mirrorless system.


私は2日間ほぼ歩いて行動することを想定していたので、この旅行のために手持ちの重たいNikon D750の一眼レフカメラではなく、Panasonic Lumix GF6ミラーレスカメラを購入したのですが、カメラの品質に驚き喜びました 。

もちろん、D750一眼レフカメラとかけ離れたスペックですが、レンガの様に重い一眼レフカメラの代わりに小さく軽量のミラーレスカメラを持ち歩くという新鮮さは、ミラーレスシステムに乗り換えてしまおうかと本当に考えさせられました 。


Lighthouse 英会話教室 | This was taken from the observation deck at Magnet by Shibuya 109.

This was taken from the observation deck at Magnet by Shibuya 109. The deck also looks directly down above the main scramble crossing, but the protective perspex at that spot was dirty and scratched, so I could get a good shot.


Lighthouse英会話教室 | The iconic Shibuya Crossing - simply known as "The Scramble".

The iconic Shibuya Crossing - simply known as "The Scramble".


Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shibuya Scramble Crossing Cyberpunk

Depending on what site you're reading, they say that anywhere between 1,000 to 3,000 people cross at any one time.


Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shibuya Station

Despite the crowds, this exit was virtually unused. I took this shot in the middle of the day!

人通りが多いにも関わらず、この出口はあまり利用されていませんでした。 これは昼間に撮影したんですよ!



Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku is home to the world's busiest train station as well as an important business district and a 24 hour manic entertainment district.


Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shinjuku Kabukicho

Kabukicho is the main entertainment district and is a fascinating place to walk around. The district's name comes from a late-1940s plan to build a kabuki theatre there.

The Theatre was never built, but the name stuck.




Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shinjuku Kabukicho

The urban electric landscape is a sight be behold; but does make you wonder how much electrical power the area sucks up.

大都会のネオン風景は見ものです。 しかし、そのエリアでどれだけの電力を消費しているのか考えてしまいますね。

Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shinjuku Kabukicho

Kabukicho also has a large red-light district, but to be honest, it didn't feel overly "seedy" and although there are touts roaming the streets, things are kept behind curtains so to speak, so it is "safe" to walk around.

歌舞伎町には大きな歓楽街がありますが、正直怪しいとは感じませんでした。 そういったお店もありますが、一見するとわからないので、子どもと一緒に 散策することができます。

Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shinjuku Kabukicho Robot Restaurant

"Robot Restaurant" is very popular with oversea's tourists.


Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shinjuku Kabukicho

At present, there are more than 100,000 karaoke joints in Japan. It feels like half of them are in Kabukicho!




The Streets

Lighthouse英会話教室 | Harajuku Takeshita Street

Takeshita Street in Harajuku is a busy and vibrant shopping street with cafes, sweet shops and fashion stores flanking both sides.


Lighthouse英会話教室 | Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Tokyu Plaza Ometesando Harajuku is a landmark building on the corner of Omotesando Avenue and Meiji Dori. The mirror kaleidoscope entrance is really cool.



Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shinjukku

I really like the contrapuntal feel of this shot with the 3 surface textures and the pedestrians heading in each cardinal direction.


Lighthouse英会話教室 | Shinjuku The Matrix

A Matrix moment.


Lighthouse英会話教室 | Tokyo Street Art

I found some really interesting artifacts walking between the less busier streets between Shinjuku and Shibuya.


Lighthouse英会話教室 | Tokyo Street Art

This tree looked like it was covered in a camouflage textile sheath, but Mats Lönnborg kindly pointed out to me that it was in fact a Platanus tree. Thanks Mats.

(Terrible name for a tree though, don't you think?)

この木は迷彩柄の布で覆われているように見えたので検索してみたら、Mats Lönnborgさんから、実際にはプラタナスの木であることを教えてもらいました。

ありがとう、Mats。 (しかし、恐ろしい木の名前だと思いませんか?)


I hope you enjoyed this small collection of images of Tokyo.

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