What’s the Story?
Step into the old quarter of Tokyo, known as the ‘Shitamachi,’ and capture it with a vintage film camera. Tokyo is a high-tech and ever-expanding metropolis, but it also has a classic side harking back to simpler times in the 60s and 70s. Explore streets seemingly frozen in time and photograph with a camera from the same era. Retro camera; retro Tokyo!
What We’ll Shoot
Photograph the streets, shops, artifacts and denizens of Tokyo’s retro streets with an old-school film camera. We will practice using a 1970s vintage film camera. You’ll learn how to load the film, how to focus and compose your shots using a retro rangefinder-style camera, and of course how to find captivating and nostalgic compositions in the streets.
Where We’ll Explore
We’ll explore the alleys and laneways of Tokyo’s ‘Shitamachi’ or ‘downtown’—not a downtown in the usual sense, but the low city, the areas historically housing the gentry, as opposed to the aristocrats who dwelled in the city center. Neighborhoods such as Sugamo and Zoshigaya all harbor a quaint snapshot of a simpler life in Japan.