Portrait Photoshoot in Asakusa, Tokyo

A while back I heard from Jay who is from Singapore, that he wants to have some outdoor portraits done. Please allow me get this straight from the beginning, Jay is a dream client for any photographer in Tokyo or beyond. 

Photograph taken in Asakusa, Tokyo

My first thought went to what location to go to, because Tokyo Metropolitan Area has so many places to choose from, that sometimes is hard to make up my mind. Long story short, the decision was made for Asakusa Area, including the Sensoji Temple. This area is so beautiful and charismatic that can fit any photographic purposes, from families with many children to single travelers who wants their memories captured by a local photographer. (yes me, you got that right 😉 )

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 in the city center, which is a great deal as I get to enjoy extra my time during photo sessions.  Getting to Asakusa is pretty easy and Google Maps is of a great help. Well, except when it doesn’t work due to poor 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 are very poor and sometimes it’s hard to load anything.

Now, if you go to Asakusa by subway you might be lucky enough to exit via this beautiful entrance/exit which you can see down bellow. 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 time enough to have a coffee and just enjoy the street show filled up with tourists and locals alike. Asakusa district has a very special feel and atmosphere. The main attraction for tourists is the the Buddhist Temple Sensoji. Asakusa area has been largely affected by the Second World War and the formerly entertaining parts of it like red light district, theaters, had never been rebuilt. Nowadays Asakusa has regained its tourists also because near by has set foot Tokyo Skytree, which is only a twenty minutes walk over one of the bridges across Sumida River.

Jay in front of a place that does palm readings, a custom that holds the name “palmistry”, and you know, is characterized mostly by foretelling the future.

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 which has free entry that has a great view over Asakusa, including the Nakamise shopping street and the Sensoji Buddhist Temple.

For the closing portrait shots, we decided to head to the Sumida Riverside and take a few more portraits having Tokyo Skytree in the background. 

I had an amazing time photographing Jay and I’m already looking forward to be again his portrait photographer anywhere in Tokyo or beyond. 

For any inquiries please hit the contact button below and let me know what are your plans for your incoming trip in Japan and where you’d like to schedule a photography session with me, Cristian Bucur, so you can Frame Your Life Stories. Keep an eye on my website as very soon I will start writing about my experiences  throughout Japan.

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