Japan is well known for its camera manufacturers like Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Sony, Sigma and more I can’t think of right now. I really wanted to visit a camera store this time as I heard they are much larger than in America. I found a great blog about camera stores (Japan Camera Hunter) and decided I would visit Yodobashi camera this time while in Shinjuku.
I started filming in the store but got quickly intercepted by a salesperson who forbade me, with all the Japanese tact, to film inside the store. As the sign at the entrance says, the floors are arranged as follow : street floor “Floor of camera articles”, 1st floor “Floor of Digital camera”, 2nd floor “Floor of single lens reflex camera”, 3rd floor “Floor of medium and large-scale camera”, 4th floor “Floor of tripod”, 5th floor “Floor of camera bagom (bags)”, 6th floor “Floor of darkroom articles”. My advice for camera enthusiasts wanting to visit Yodobashi camera store is to not spend so much time in the store itself but to go shoot in the streets of Shinjuku and Kabukicho instead, where so much is to be seen!
Photo from Thomas Lottermoser