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Street Snap in Tokyo’s Traditional Downtown!



Hello everyone, I am Kohei Kudo. 

By the way, where do you usually shoot street snap? I think Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ginza seem to be great shooting spots in Japan. Even I usually go to those places in most cases when I want to shoot. However, there are only areas where we can take good photos in Tokyo. This time, I will change my mind and go to an area which is called traditional downtown in Tokyo.

1 下町ってどこ?

1 Where is Traditional Downtown in Tokyo ?




I said I would go to downtown, but where is traditional downtown in Tokyo exactlly?

Typical areas are lowland areas, such as Nihonbashi, Kyobashi, Kanda, Shimotani, Asakusa, Honjo, and Fukagawa. 

Besides that, it seems that the areas on the south side of the 23 wards, such as Kamata and Omori are also defined as traditional downtown areas. There seems to be no clear definition of where is traditional downtown area.

It is hard to define, but it seems that luxury residential area and skyscrapers area on the west side of the Imperial Palace are called Yamanote, and the traditional area on the east side is called downtown. This time, I would like to introduce a place that everyone knows, but you don't go so often.

2 今回の使用機材

2Camera and Setting









This time, I decided to use Ricoh GR Ⅱ wichi is very light and easy to shoot because I am going to walk around without no destination. My setting is below. 

・ Snap Mode 2.5m 

・ Around F11 and SS 500 

・ ISO 100-3200

・ Chose Posifilm Filter 

・ Raw +JPEG 

・Always turn on the power and carry 3 additional batteries


3 How to Enjoy Street Snap in Traditional Downtown in Tokyo



I chose Oshigami, Sumida ward for shooting spot this time. This area is very familiar as a tourist spot that visitors can see Tokyo Sky Tree, old and traditional shopping streets, temples and houses. I am going start shooting from Oshiage Station then move to the town around Tokyo Sky Tree. By the way, the weather is cloudy and it might be difficult to take impressive photos with light and shadow. Observe people in this area and shoot with different types of perspectives. 

⚠︎ This article is not about tourist spots, and I am going to write about street snap in traditional downtown in Tokyo. 




① Shoot Around Tokyo Sky Tree 

I wanted to go up Tokyo Sky Tree to take photos from higher points, but it was closed because of Coronavirus. Therefore, I went to a tall shopping center near Tokyo Sky Tree, went up to 30th floor and shoot some photos. They were quite nice because I shoot them from shadow. When you shoot in shadow and toward bright area, you will be able to capture nice silhouette!




Went back to the street and started walking around Tokyo Sky Tree. I encountere