Pure Love Renaissance: Sunday on Chuo-Dori

These photos were taken all on Sunday, April 29, 2007. The streets are blocked off between 12pm and 6pm on Sundays and public holidays from April to October (12 and 5 the rest of the year).



















Shipon lives in Northern Japan where he uses a 17,000,000mm lens in order to shoot Chuo-dori on a weekly basis.

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0 Responses to Pure Love Renaissance: Sunday on Chuo-Dori

  1. Nemo_N May 6, 2007 at 11:16 am #

    Oooh… Miko…

  2. e-jump May 6, 2007 at 11:28 am #

    e-jump lives in South East Asia where he browses HD in order to see Japan on random updates basis ;__;
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    Hmmm, looks like a carnival.
    So basically ppl sings, dance etc and random spots along the street?

  3. Insectice May 6, 2007 at 12:11 pm #

    Is it me, or are none of those street acts actually allowed? I’ve seen a few pictures (and videos) of people getting dispersed by the cops. Japanese policemen uniforms make me lol. They look like law enforcement pyjamas.

  4. Shipon May 6, 2007 at 12:33 pm #

    Insectice>>
    The cops keep an eye on things to make sure they’re not getting out of control, but I have seen them stop acts and move along – in fact, you can see a group of guys in black getting stopped mid performance above.

  5. P Laskey May 6, 2007 at 6:51 pm #

    I am certain those uniformed men are not police but private security guards. Police have much plainer uniforms and distinctive badges. A great photo essay though!

  6. unangbangkay May 7, 2007 at 11:42 am #

    >>e-jump lives in South East Asia
    Where there? Maybe we can find ways to sell each other things ;___;

  7. e-jump May 7, 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    >>unangbangkay
    Somewhere in malaysia, where stuff kinda expensive ;__; Got my figures thru internets.
    *Must save monies to visit Japan n these events ;__;

  8. Basroil May 8, 2007 at 1:15 pm #

    Is blocking out the faces a necessary thing required by Japanese law? As far as I know there is no right to privacy if you are photographed in public. Of course you should not be taking “peeping” type photos either, one would expect and most laws agree that that kind of public photography crosses the line.

  9. Shipon May 8, 2007 at 2:40 pm #

    Basroil>>
    It’s not required by Japanese law, but it is a courtesy that other Japanese sites do. AkibaBlog is a prime example with the ‘laughing man’ for example. HD actually has a pretty large Japanese readership for an English language, and we’d prefer not to annoy the natives. Also, we’ve basically posted photographic evidence of people hanging around in Akiba, not a social or professional bonus in many places in Japan.

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