Tokyo

I travelled to Tokyo on the 26th of November 2019 and stayed for 5 nights. I wish it could have been 5 months. This analogue photo blog gives a snapshot of my time there and might give you an idea of what you can get up to there. Scroll to the end for my Tokyo recommended reading list.

Yoyogi Park

Late afternoon. Golden light. Musicians come here to practice so they don’t disturb their neighbours. A man creates bubbles with a net he swings around his head. The kids chase after them. An infant flaps her hands about popping them all, her laugh rings out. Cyclists and runners loop the ring road. Girls pose for photos against the ginkgo trees surrounded by fallen fan-shaped leaves.

35mm Analogue Photo taken in Yoyogi Park Tokyo
35mm Analogue Photo taken in Yoyogi Park Tokyo
35mm Analogue Photo taken in Yoyogi Park Tokyo
35mm Analogue Photo taken in Yoyogi Park Tokyo
35mm Analogue Photo taken in Yoyogi Park Tokyo

Shinjuki

Day. Mister Donut. Coffee. Commuters. Hunt for Cinestill 800T. Zero stock in all of Tokyo. Shinjuku Gyoen. 4/4 Seasons coffee and cake. Unplan Hostel. Should I visit the Robot Restaurant? Night. Kuyakusho-dori: African hustlers. Hey man, where you from? Local working girls. Massagie? Dug Jazz bar. Silent. Expensive. Vagabond Izakaya. Warm lights glow within tassel bell shades, horns sound from the corner, Aga fixes a Moscow Mule. Liveatdominoes talks of Portugal in my ear. Where’s the bar with all the vinyl records I visited in 2017?

35mm Analogue Photo taken in Shinjuku

Shibuya

Shibuya crossing. Umbrella Battle Royale. Takeshi Kitano watching from the wall. Tower Records. Hear the Wind Sing. Shakeys Pizza, Dance, Dance, Dance. Scramble bar. Milan Nataraj corner table Saag Paneer. Hello to the 3 art students. The Millennials Hostel.

Senso Ji and Asakusa

35mm Analogue Photo taken at Senso Ji Tokyo
35mm Analogue Photo taken at Senso Ji Tokyo
35mm Analogue Photo taken at Senso Ji Tokyo
35mm Analogue Photo taken at Senso Ji Tokyo

Yokocho – Golden Gai, Omoide Yokocho, Nonbei Yokocho

Lanterns, drunks, karaoke. Members only. Cover charge. Death Match in Hell bar. Say hi to Wayne. Kameya Shinjuku Tentama Soba. Fish stock ramen with vegetable tempura. 5 Years vegetarian. Ended. Sake from square wooden cups. Hibiki Whisky. Winestand Bouteille. Louis musician from Kent talks Japanese to the bartender as the Swedish cider makers sample natural wines. Glasses clink. Empties rattle. 3:30 in the morning. Chairs upside down on counters of vacant bars.

35mm Analogue Photo taken at Golden Gai Tokyo
35mm Analogue Photo taken at Omoide Yokocho Tokyo
35mm Analogue Photo taken at Omoide Yokocho Tokyo

Recommended Reading for Tokyo

If you liked Tokyo Analogue Photo Blog, check out some of my other travel posts.

P.S.

I left copies of my novel Vagabundo all over Tokyo. Did you find one? Tell me where on the forum.

Portugal

Portugal Analogue Photo Blog 2019

Portugal is where I spend most of my time in Europe. The Algarve region has a great climate, beautiful beaches, good food and friendly people. This photo blog contains analogue photos taken using my two 35mm cameras: the Canon AE-1 Program and the Pentax K1000, and features my go-to budget film Fuji Colour 200 plus Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5.

Lagos, Portugal.

Lagos old town is a maze of narrow cobbled streets filled with residential houses and commercial premises catering to tourists. It is a small and safe city where walking is the best form of transport. Wander around and find a spot in one of the squares where buskers and street artists perform. The town brings in a mix of travelers from sun-seeking retirees to backpackers to sailors. Marina de Lagos is one of, if not the busiest in the Algarve and can be accessed via the pedestrian Bascule bridge.

Tri-X
analogue photo of my favourite piece of graffiti in Lagos, Portugal: the face of a young woman with short hair looking up at the sky
Tri-X
analolgue photo of a street in Lagos, Portugal featuring tiled facades and spiraling metalwork, and old man walks towards the photographer, two females walk away in the distance behind him
Fuji C200
Analogue photo of a derelict cobbled Portuguese street with graffiti of a subway train travelling out through a door
Fuji C200
Casa Verde
Spaceman
Photo of two Portuguese church belfries

What to do in Lagos

  • Buy a book at The Owl Story Book Store (How about mine? Vagabundo)
  • Hire a car from Luzcar
  • Eat ice cream at Crema de Gelato
  • Visit the Roman Bridge
  • Visit the Moor Fortaleza
  • Go to Praca Luis de Camoes to see the green house
  • Have a beer at Eddies

Portimao/Praia da Rocha

Praia da Rocha is the beach area of the city of Portimao. Praia da Rocha is a great beach walk on. Keep heading west and you’ll pass through smaller more secluded beaches, most with snack bars right on the sand. You’ll eventually reach Praia do Vau, known for the high iodine content of its sands. Go further still and you’ll find Alvor, home to one of my favourite bars in the Algarve, Bolan Bar.

If you wander from Praia da Rocha into the centre of Portimao, you might pass the odd truck with men selling oranges or cherries out of the back. Portimao, unlike old town Lagos is not so catered to tourists and isn’t as pretty. However, it is nice to walk along the riverside to a square with a couple of restaurants, Casa Inglesa and Nosolo Italia, and kiosks selling ice cream and newspapers. You’ll also be able to book yourself on a boat trip to go see the dolphins or cruise up the Rio Arade.

analogue photo of a woman walks over the Portuguese cobbles away from the photographer with her light coat over her shoulders
analogue photo of a solitary walker casts a long shadow on the golden beach as she looks out to sea at sunset
An elderly couple in summer clothes look out across the river
Black and White film photo male hand holding limes.

What to do in Portimao/Praia de Rocha

  • Surf if you already can / learn to surf if you can’t
  • Visit the Portimao Museum (Museo de Portimao) which shows what the museum building was like in its previous life as a sardine canning factory
  • Catch a Portimonense game at the local stadium
  • Find a good restaurant or bar on Avenida Tomas Cabreira

West Coast

analogue photo of a couple on the beach watch a distant surfer glide across the face of a wave

Faro

analogue photo of whitewashed walls and red tiled-roofs of Faro under a washed out sky

Portugal analogue photo blog will be updated with new photos and information infrequently.