Tokyo is often said to be a city that comes alive at night. No one knows this better than Japanese photographer Masashi Wakui, whose photos of the city’s streets have all the romance and familiarity of a Miyazaki movie.
Wakui’s shots feature soft lighting, glowing lanterns, and the occasional mysterious passerby. While he tends to focus on districts like Shibuya and Shinjyuku, he does venture to other parts of the city as well. As a result, his photography looks more like oil paintings than scenes from real life.
Wakui is a self-taught photographer, but his amazing work has earned him a strong following.
Wakui also tends to photograph backstreets and alleyways, which offers a unique perspective of the city. The fewer amount of people make Tokyo look emptier than you’d typically expect.
Some of Wakui’s photos include greenery. Juxtaposed against neon lighting and concrete, these flowers seem to glow in the dark.
Wakui’s work really highlights the lesser-seen parts of the city. Wakui’s vision makes Tokyo look simultaneously quiet and energetic, bustling and deserted.
Rain adds a more reflective quality to Wakui’s photos. Despite the gloomy weather, this shot still looks lively and inviting.