A while back, I heard from Jay, who is originally from Singapore. He wanted to hire a professional photographer for a portrait session in Tokyo during his vacation here. Nothing could make me happier as Jay turned out to be a dream client for any portrait photographer living in Japan or anywhere else.
My first thought went to what location I should recommend to Jay because this city has so many amazing places to choose from. Sometimes it is tough to make up my mind where to go for vacation photography sessions. Long story short, I decided to select the Asakusa Area, including the Sensoji Temple. This area is amazingly beautiful and charismatic. It can fit any photographic purposes, from families with many children to single travelers who want their memories captured by a local professional photographer. (yes me, you got that right 😉 )
I got asked by these two girls to snap a photo of them on their phone, and I also took one on my camera; I’m still waiting for an e-mail from them to send over this shot.
Because I don’t live in downtown Tokyo and I have to travel by subway from Yokohama, I still feel like I am a tourist when I go to the city center, which is a great deal as I get to enjoy extra my time during photo sessions. Getting to Asakusa is pretty straightforward, and Google Maps is of great help. Well, except when it doesn’t work due to inadequate signal coverage. In case you wonder what that suppose to mean, well, because of so many users, aka smartphones per square meter, the signal and data speeds are inferior, and sometimes it’s hard to load anything.
Now, if you choose to reach the area by subway, you might be lucky enough to exit via this beautiful old looking entrance/exit, which you can see down below. I wish a lot more subway entrances would look this good, almost like a statement for this beautiful traditional architecture.
After getting there, I made sure I have enough time to have a coffee and enjoy the street show filled up with tourists and locals alike. This district has an exceptional feel, and atmosphere.No wonders why many tourists choose to visit the place. The main attraction is the Buddhist Temple Sensoji. Asakusa area has mainly been affected by the Second World War, and the formerly entertaining parts, like red-light district, theaters, had never been rebuilt. Nowadays, it has regained its tourists because nearby has set foot Tokyo Skytree, which is only a twenty minutes walk over one of the bridges across Sumida River.
Right after I finished enjoying my coffee, Jay had arrived, and we started walking around the crowded streets of Asakusa that surrounds the famous Sensoji Temple. Because casual was the dominant word for our photoshoot, we decided to walk around and stop whenever we want to take a photograph that looked interesting both due to local architecture details, or simply because we liked the light or other elements present there. That way, we managed to cover quite a few streets, including the five-storied Sensoji Pagoda inside the temple premises.
Not many people know, but in Asakusa is a government-owned building with a free entry that has a great view over the entire area. It includes the Nakamise shopping street and the Sensoji Buddhist Temple.
We decided to head to the Sumida Riverside for the closing portrait shots and take a few more portraits with Tokyo Skytree in the background.
I had a fantastic time photographing Jay, and I’m already looking forward to being again his portrait photographer anywhere in Tokyo or beyond.
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