A modern Japanese girl at a far more traditional festival

Japanese festivals attract all kinds of people, but the annual Tori-no-Ichi celebration at Shinjuku’s Hanazono Shrine is something else. Situated right by Kabukicho, Tokyo’s largest red light district, it attracts hosts and hostesses, plus a far less appealing but equally large number of yakuza and their ilk. A heady mix that means pointing one’s camera is best done with discretion, but at the same time, the results of doing so can definitely be worth it.

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  1. Alissa says

    I love this! Another great look into how Japan is SUCH a mix if old and new culture. Great shot!

    • says

      Lovely shot. Quite a character eh?

      To be honest I don’t mind shooting in and around Kabukicho, but that festival attracts an awful lot of dodgy types. Many of whom I really wouldn’t want to upset…

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