Local Lens: An Authentic View of Tokyo with @airnude
In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To explore more of Tokyo, follow @airnude on Instagram.
"Being born and raised in Tokyo, there is no other charm about this place than all the stories I can find in it," says Tokyo Instagrammer Suguru Azuma (@airnude). For Suguru, these stories are mostly about his memories. “I like to shoot all over Itabashi Ward and Ikebukuro District. I haven’t really thought about why, but, come to think of it, these are areas around my hometown that I was able to explore by foot when I was in elementary school.”
Suguru finds inspiration in things that remind him of his childhood days. He often captures honest, everyday scenes which to others may seem trivial. Sculptures peeking out of a neighbor’s house that terrified him as a child, a wall of an elementary school that his friend used to attend, a parking lot where a friend’s house used to stand—these are some of the nostalgic locations that Suguru likes to shoot in old suburban areas of Tokyo.
Suguru also likes to discover simple, unembellished sceneries in huge entertainment districts like Shinjuku-Kabukicho, Shibuya, Harajuku and Ueno. “In these places, there is a high chance you will run into something unexpected. Tokyo has the modern, cosmopolitan areas as well as the old, traditional places like my hometown. I like to keep a mix of photos from both sides of the city,” he says.
Exploring Cafés in Japan with @tukanana
Over the past few years, cafés have become a place of craftsmanship and artistry in Japan. New coffee shops that roast their own beans and serve them in their own brewing styles are emerging across the country. Many locals have embraced the coffee culture, including Tokyo Instagrammer @tukanana. A fan of Japanese cafés for nearly ten years, he goes to as many as four coffee shops daily to enjoy various types of coffee and the different atmosphere of the shops.
"Japanese cafés are great because each of the shops has their own personality which reflects the seasons as well as the area of their location," he says. "Also, there is a good selection of cafés to choose from to find the one that best matches your taste."
@tukanana makes his selection of cafés based on a holistic evaluation of location, appearance, interior and menu. While many of his photos focus on just the coffee, he always likes to share at least one photo that captures the total atmosphere of the shop. “I look at many magazines and works of other good photographers, which makes it easier for me to picture the kind of shot I want,” he says.
To see more photos and videos from coffee shops in Japan, explore the following location pages:
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Off the Beaten Path at Art Basel Miami Beach: Touring Wynwood with @shaynabatya
Art Basel Miami Beach (@artbasel), one of the world’s leading Modern and Contemporary art shows, began Thursday. More than 250 galleries from across the globe take part and past events have seen more than 50,000 visitors flock to the fair’s main site at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
During Art Basel week, street art enthusiasts often venture beyond the Convention Center to the small neighborhood of Wynwood. Street art legends like Shepard Fairey (@obeygiant), Futura (@futuradosmil), Kenny Scharf (@kennyscharf) and Martha Cooper (@marthacoopergram) often visit Wynwood alongside up-and-comers like Johnny Robles (@johnny_robles), Evoca1 (@evoca1), Ever (@eversiempre) and Never (@never2501).
For Miami Instagrammer and photojournalist Shayna Batya (@shaynabatya), Wynwood is home all year round. “I believe that there is no place on earth like Wynwood,” she says. “I like to think of Wynwood as an outdoor art gallery. Most of the international street artists who visit to paint on huge walls are surrounded by other painted walls, among even more painted walls. What a privilege it is to see such high-caliber street art on a normal basis.”
Driven by her passion for Wynwood, Shayna documents the neighborhood’s many murals and shares them with people around the world through the #WynwoodWatcher hashtag. Tune in to her account, @shaynabatya over the coming days for photos and videos from the fair and browse the #WynwoodWatcher hashtag for more images of the street art in her neighborhood.