Tokyo is a city of contrasts, which this scene amply demonstrates, and yet despite the obvious differences, there also turned out to be some nice visual coincidences to connect them.
This fantastically old and crumbling section of Tokyo’s subway system is a firm favourite of mine. It’s patched up beyond belief, there’s piping all over the place, and even if you don’t see them, you can hear rats running around behind the wall panels. Oh, and there’s that bit of protruding rock in the background too. A wonderfully unintended feature that was a key part of another kimono photo I took back in 2018. It’s here if you’d like to see it.
Opting to try and incorporate the mirror rather than an immovable object this time, I was lucky enough to witness a kimono wearer once again. A scene that, were it not for the mask, could arguably have been taken decades, rather than just days ago.
The hustle and bustle of Tokyo is often mesmerising, but every now and again, quiet moments are as essential as they are soothing.