This specialist in used digital camera bodies from Leica plays up the luxury cachet of the esteemed German brand by offering its wares in an appointment-only space (English-language reservations possible). Located near Yoyogi-Uehara Station, the shop resembles a spruce, well-appointed apartment. Camera bodies and classic, decades-old lenses are displayed inside glass cases once used in a patisserie. While steep prices make these items more aspirational than practical, leather straps and other accessories, crafted by artisans down in Yokohama, are much more accessibly priced.
You don't need to have seen ‘Lost in Translation’ to know that the lens loves Tokyo. But there’s so much more to the city’s photographic side than neon signs, outdoor art and skyscrapers. The capital’s endlessly stimulating visual landscape has helped generate one of the world’s most vibrant photography scenes, with enthusiasts out shooting the streets every weekend, and a host of galleries and bookshops dedicated to the artform.
While this city’s love affair with all things photographic long predates social media, you can see social media’s influence in recent years, including bars and stores that embrace photography as the lifestyle choice of the hip and Insta-famous. Here are ten must-see spots, some long established, others still under the radar.
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