People

The first photo below is of a beautiful, utterly unpretentious young woman I ran into in Hibiya Park, which lies in Central Tokyo in the Chiyoda Ward (not far from Ginza on one side, and the Kasumigaseki area — with the Diet and other gov’t Buildings on the other).   If you like this gallery, then I invite you to visit the other galleries here on LetsJapan.Wordpress, perhaps beginning with this one.

The photo just below is also featured in the gallery, 元気!” (genki).

Chiyoda Fest -- Happy Friend, Tokyo

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Jpn 1013 am Portrait 1.2 bw

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Jpn 1014 aft Port 9.1 bw

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Jpn 1021 Kiyamachi Portrait 1.5 bw

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Shigaraki Ceramicist, Kyoto.

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Blue Parrot Portrait, Kyoto.  Oct 21, 2007

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Texting at Okazaki Shrine, Kyoto.  April 2008.

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Ginkakuji Gardener, May 22, 08

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Jpn 1019 Kyoto Kiyamachi Shijo Portrait 1.0

    • Michelle
    • August 16th, 2009

    The first one here as well…one of my favs.

      • letsjapan
      • August 16th, 2009

      That girl was so cool. She *loved* the camera, zero pretension.

    • Jane
    • October 1st, 2009

    it is very nice when people are not camera shy. I also love taking pictures of people when i’m traveling. It really shows the soul of a place.

      • letsjapan
      • October 1st, 2009

      Jane,

      Thanks for your comment. And how right you are. Two things help me when photographing people in Japan. First, my Japanese is pretty good (well, fair to middling as far as getting around and so forth). So I can just engage people in conversation and then say, all nonchalantly, “Oh, say, can I take your picture?” and chat while I’m shooting (“Oh, just one more, o.k.?”). The second thing is that for these shots I use a “point and click” digital camera that’s very “non threatening”, as opposed to a Big Camera Rig. Again, it gives the whole thing a casual informality that relaxes (pretty much) whomever I’m shooting . . . and relaxes me. Some photographers are a certainly a “breed apart” from me and *can* use that Big Camera Rig and get right into the faces of people and get the shot. I’m much too shy and self-conscious to do that.

    • DJShay
    • October 14th, 2009

    This place looks and sounds gorgeous! I think my decision has just been finalized on the spring trip.

      • letsjapan
      • October 14th, 2009

      Wonderful!

      Shoot me an email when you get a moment and, as we Professionals say, “we’ll move forward” ;o).

      R

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