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Silhouettes in Asagaya

The big summer festival in Asagaya is one of those events in Tokyo that have me torn: do I go and brave the massive crowds? Or do I not go and then regret it?

This year I went. Stuck around for a bit, met some friends, drank some stupidly strong craft beer (not my usual thing) and took about three pictures.

I wasn't until later in the evening, when the crowds thinned out, that I really felt I had enough space around me to feel what was going on. Crowds and noise can really bother me sometimes and whilst I love living in Tokyo, I do prefer it when things wind-down a little.

I'd put myself outside the station entrance, as I'd seen the large rack of lanterns earlier in the day before they were lit. And once I saw they were yellow (often they're just white), I headed over to just sit and watch the world go by in front of them.

The best thing, really, was just to make silhouettes against them of people as they walked or rode past. It calmed me down. The yellow. The peace. The silhouettes.

Hasselblad 503CW
CFV50c digital back
Zeiss-Planar 80mm f/2.8