Japan at Night

It is amazing how a little light or a lack of light can really change one’s perspective on things. I really feel that way about photography.

After many years of living in Japan, I still love taking pictures of just about anything. I certainly maintain a certain child-like fascination with the little things in life and love to take pictures of them. Bugs, leaves on the ground, corner roofing tiles on a small shrine or an izakaya at night. I love to capture these images and share them.

It is really clear to see that when you photograph Japan at night it not only has a different look but clearly a different feeling as well. I love taking pictures of everyday things at night. It would seem that a lot of other people out there feel the same way as well. My night shots of Japan consistently get more likes on Instagram and a lot more traction on Twitter and Facebook. Simply put, people like those photos more than other ones I take.

In this post, I want to share some Japan at night shots I have taken over the years.

 

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Minatojima Matsuri on Port Island in Kobe, Japan. This was one of our neighborhood summer festivals. Amazing to photograph festivals at night. 
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Almost seems that any Japanese restaurant at night looks cool. This one is in the Motomachi neighborhood of Kobe, Japan. 
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Kobe Bridge as seen from Kita Park on Port Island in Kobe, Japan. 
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I love this blend of new and old. Daimaru Department Store in Kobe, Japan in the background with a Shinto Shrine in the foreground. 
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Even a row of vending machines can look really cool at night. 
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A really neat little alley in Dotonbori in Osaka, Japan. I love lanterns!
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Sannomiya in Kobe, Japan at night. 
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Life under the tracks. Under the train tracks at night between Hankyu and JR Sannomiya Stations in Kobe, Japan. 
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A restaurant at night in Sannomiya, Kobe, Japan. 
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Small restaurant down a back alley in Sannomiya, Kobe, Japan. 

 

 

 

 

The writer:

Kevin O’Shea is the host of the Just Japan Podcast. He is also the guy behind JustJapanStuff.com. Kevin is a Canadian educator who lives in Beijing, China with his family. Kevin called Kobe, Japan home for 10 years. 

Follow him on Twitter: @jlandkev

Instagram: @jlandkev

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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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