If Nakameguro is the Hampstead of Tokyo, then Shimokitazawa is the Shoreditch of Tokyo. If you’re not familiar with these areas of London (and Tokyo, respectively), then read my blog post about Nakameguro and I’ll try to describe Shimokitazawa: it’s trendy, full of vintage shops and cafes, lots of young and fashion conscious people, it has a laid back atmosphere and is really great to hang around in. I think, if I lived in Tokyo, I would probably try to get a flat near this area.

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Tokyo Tsukiji fish market – the tourist friendly part

While there is a big wholesale fish market, there is also a consumer and tourist friendly fish market where you can sample all sorts of fish. It probably doesn’t get any fresher!

Getting up early is recommended, although I think that’s really more for the wholesale fish market, where the hustle and bustle happens before 8am. This part of the fish market is probably open throughout the morning.

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Fish flakes! I really like them. When they are served on top of hot food they look like they’re dancing.


This guy was grilling oysters.

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He’s just coming from the wholesale market


Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

All photos taken by me on my LC-A+ and LC-Wide on Kodak Portra 400 35mm film.

Organised chaos at Tokyo fish market

The wholesale fish market was definitely an amazing experience. It was super busy with people on little vehicles driving up and down, empty Styrofoam boxes being thrown around, water and melted ice everywhere. People chopping up fish and sweeping up fish remains and pouring buckets of water and ice into bigger buckets of water and ice… A dangerous place for a tourist who doesn’t want to get wet and smell of fish all day!

Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

When I asked him if I could take a photo, he pulled this funny face. Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

Judging by the pool of blood on his work counter, you can guess what’s coming next…Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

A lot of the bigger fish vendors had these lovely ladies sitting in a little box office. While the people handling the fish were all men, the people in the boxes who counted the money were women. That’s how it should be!
Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

I was a bit later than I probably should have been, so people were just finishing their cleaning and most of the fish was already sold.  Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

There were so, so many of these vehicles whizzing around. It was really dangerous! They didn’t have any consideration for tourists…Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

This was a mini shop that was just outside the big wholesale market. I assume this is where the fishermen buy their newspapers and drinks after a hard morning’s work. Tokyo Tsukiji fish market Tokyo Tsukiji fish market Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

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This guy was chopping off fish heads the whole time and then threw them into that blue basket in the foreground. You didn’t want to stand too close because there was a lot of splatter when the heads landed in the basket. Tokyo Tsukiji fish market Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

This guy is enjoying a cigarette and a rest after work. Tokyo Tsukiji fish market
Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

Tokyo Tsukiji fish market

All photos taken by me with my LC-A+ and LC-Wide on Kodak Portra 400 35mm film.

End of the Road Festival 2014

I just got back from a weekend of camping at the End of the Road Festival in Larmer Tree Gardens in South Wiltshire in England (kind of where Stonehenge is).

It was probably one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to! It was very friendly, with great music, some art installations, comedy, films and a lot of different food options. No crazy teenagers getting wasted, no overflowing toilets (sorry for the graphic description but I’ve seen it all!), no camping on top of each other.

It was relaxing and a lot of fun! Here are some photos of the weekend.

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My Lomo gallery

I’ve been shooting Lomo photos for a few years and wanted to show some of them on my blog.

Check out my Lomo gallery page

Glas and flowers

But what is Lomo? Lomo is short for Lomography which was dreamt up by some guys in Austria 30 years ago. They became obsessed with the LOMO LC-A Compact Automat camera, produced by a manufacturer in St Petersburg. This camera creates some unique effects and high contrast colours. The Austrian guys founded the Lomography company and became sole distributors of this camera.

Lomography Workshop: Roller Disco!

These days it is manufactured in China but it is still a great little point and shoot camera. The Lomography company has created dozens more cameras, ranging from cheap toy cameras to more expensive and more reliable cameras. All cameras are analog cameras. A big part of the philosophy is to connect people – through their online community, through workshops and parties in their stores worldwide.

I personally met some great friends in London through this community and also learnt a lot about photography. By now I have acquired a reasonable vintage and toy camera collection and have learnt how to develop my own photos.

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All photos shot by me using a Sprocket Rocket, Colorsplash camera and Diana Mini. These are all Lomography cameras.