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I'm a Chicago based food & travel photographer and cinemagraph maker. To get in touch, you can reach me by email at hi@sandynoto.com


Travel Photography: Tokyo

Travel Photography: Tokyo

This was my third time in Tokyo. It was nice not to feel the initial confusion of figuring out a totally new place. The subway lines didn’t seem like an impenetrable spider’s web. For the first part of our trip, we stayed in Shinjuku and explored around Shibuya and Meguro. After going around solo for two days, we were joined by Eli’s Japanese relatives for some additional adventures around Asakusa. 

On my first trip to Tokyo, Eli’s youngest cousins were kids and now they’re young adults. I’ve become one of those people that can’t get over how fast kids grow up. They’re so tall! They spend as much time ogling food on Instagram as I do! 

When I first started traveling, the thought of revisiting a place was a no-go for me. Thankfully, I’ve become less of a maniac about constantly chasing newness. Novelty is nice but it’s also wonderful to revisit and reconnect. 

Photographing Tokyo
Photographing Tokyo
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I've studied Japanese on and off for a few years. At this point, I can catch a word or two and get a sense of what's being discussed but am hopeless at communicating anything beyond the basics. Even with the language barrier, Eli's family quickly discovered that I wanted to photograph all of the food. They kindly paused for me to take a photo before eating all of their snack purchases! 

Visiting Tokyo
Visiting Tokyo
Family & Japan
Photographing Tokyo
Photographing Tokyo
Photographing Tokyo

I love being jet lagged at the start of a trip. Everything is so exciting and fresh. Getting up with sunrise to venture out is a joy. For the first leg of the trip, we stayed in Shinjuku and it turned out to be a bit of a party scene. Eli and I would venture out first thing in the morning and bump into odd mixes of people heading home after a night of partying and people heading to work. 

Photographing Tokyo
Photographing Tokyo
Photographing Tokyo
Photographing Tokyo
Photographing Tokyo
Photographing Tokyo

Eli and I are already plotting our next trip to Japan. We have some schemes to combine a Japan trip with a trip to Taiwan. I also have some ideas about adding on a quick hop over to Angkor Wat. Either way, we're excited for our next visit. 

My Photo Editing Process

My Photo Editing Process

Diversions, vol. 74

Diversions, vol. 74