Bright lights, colourful crowds, young women in the latest fashions, police officers, misunderstandings, nasty accusations of public perversion, and possible incarceration in a modern and efficient Japanese jail. It was featured in the movie Lost in Translation and in virtually every video montage of Tokyo ever compiled.
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I remember my first visit years ago. That day a giant screen and speaker system had been set up to blast the trailer for a Mission Impossible movie while all around video billboards competed for attention. Then with a flash of green a crowd that looked bigger than the population of my home town was unleashed to surge and wash together in the centre of the street before subsiding again as cars, and taxis charged through. Years ago I photographed the kogaru and ganguro, young women who favoured outrageous fake suntans often augmented with garish white makeup and bleached hair, and who sometimes roamed the streets sporting hooded terry-cloth sleepers and footy pyjamas.
In the s Hachiko would wait here every day for his master, a university professor. After his master died, Hachiko returned daily to the same spot for nine years until his death, eventually becoming a national icon. There have been two movies about Hachiko, including Hachi: Capturing the essence of Tokyo means recording local fashion and, of course, the bright lights and bustle of this hyper-urban environment.
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Not a happy policeman either. Upskirt photos are a serious issue in Japan. There are even posters warning young women to beware of middle-aged perverts with camera phones attempting to snap upskirt photos on escalators or on subway trains. Before moving to Canada at age 16, former Tokyo resident Moet Nozaki used to "Lost world upskirt" all her time with teenage friends in Shibuya. Our parents considered it pretty sketchy.
One day my girlfriend Eriko and I noticed a guy behind us standing a little too close. He had a bag with a hole cut into it, and a camera inside pointing up. Then the police got him and took him over to their booth to check out his pictures. We all got into the police car to drive over to the big police station, with all our friends watching.
The guy ended up going to jail. I heard he lost his job,
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Capturing the urban environment! The cop shakes his head and points toward the police Lost world upskirt located on the other side of Hachiko Square. We march over to meet his superior officer. The captain listens impassively and motions toward my camera.
The trial will now proceed to an examination of the photographic evidence. We all crowd around the little screen as I scroll back through recent photos. I had taken a number of shots of the two
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But it is bad manners. You must be careful here in Japan. Tokyo is a safe city, generally. But not Shibuya or Shinjuku. I advise you to use caution. I have some other Shibuya fashion shots too, but they feature subjects who are smiling and posing for the camera. But I suppose it beats a photo essay on the modern jails of Tokyo.
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