Tokyo Inter BEE / Street & Food

Two weeks back I took a trip out to Tokyo to meet up with a good friend of mine and also to check out the Inter BEE (International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition). My friend Emi had just finished up shooting a music video in Tokyo that was the first production footage taken on the new Canon EOS Cinema C500 camera – and it was the one of the top billings at this year’s expo. Needless to say I was very excited to check it out, and it did not disappoint. Seeing 4K footage put up on a 30 foot 4K display made me realize that the future of imagery isn’t 3D movies any more. In fact, the amazingly subtlety in gradation, lighting and color, made the images so rich and alive you could almost reach out and touch them. No glasses necessary! You can check out the video here. Also embedded at the bottom of this post! I took some behind the scenes footage for her, so hopefully in the future you all can check out what a day in Emi’s life is like!

Inter BEE was pretty much a techie’s dream-come-true. Every big name in electronics and broadcasting had a booth. The entirety of Makuhari Messe Conference Hall in Chiba was full!


The entire trip to Tokyo lasted roughly 60 hours: A night bus on Tuesday night at 10pm got me in on Wednesday at 6:30 am, and another night bus Thursday night took me back to Mie, arriving at 7:30 on Friday morning. Tiring, but there’s really nothing like the *BIG* city after you’ve lived in the country for so long. The lights, the food, the people, the sights and sounds and the hustle and bustle really jolted me alive and awake in a lot of ways. Can’t say I would want to live there, but Tokyo’s one hell of a city to hang around for a few nights! Besides attending the expo with Emi, I also met up with some old friends and made some surprising new ones. Leaving oneself open to the whims and wants of “fate”, I suppose I’ll call it, really makes for an interesting ride.

Day 1, Wednesday 11.15


After the expo, having dinner with Yoshi (left) who went to Carleton, and Yuki (middle) who I met through Mike. Great friends,
old friends, good food and drink! Forgot that handing my camera to someone else generally results in an OOF picture. Oh well!

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/4, 1/30, ISO 400 @ 35mm with 580 EXII ceiling bounce/forward white card


Some of the dishes at the restaurant


Yoshi and Yuki took me to Roppongi Hills after dinner to see some of what Tokyo a has to offer in terms of night
shots. Not disappointed – even with the new “Sky Tree”, Tokyo Tower is still as iconic and lovely as ever!

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/2.8, 1/3, ISO 800 @ 35mm braced on a fence

IMG_0798Beautiful reflection at Roppongi Hills.

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/4, 1/60, -1/3 exp. comp.,  ISO 800 @ 35mm


Night view of the city from the 20th floor of a hotel. Amazing! Long exposure captures some star movement above the city 🙂

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/8, 69 secs,  ISO 200 @ 16mm

Day 2, Thursday 11.16


Woke up in the morning to find this!

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/11, 1/100,  ISO 100 @ 16mm


On a beautiful clear day you can even see Mt. Fuji in the distance!

5D Mk II + EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro   f/11, 1/160, -1/3 exp. comp,  ISO 100

IMG_0833A nice breakfast in the morning – start the day off right!
IMG_0851Lunch; This restaurant, located in Meguro, is named がぶ (Gabu) for the Japanese sound of one hell of an epic bite 😀
You will see why in the next few pics! I caught this on an episode of 昼なんです (Hiru nan desu) and had to try it out.

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/8, 1/200, -1/3 exp. comp, ISO 100 @ 23mm

IMG_0834They are preparing my meal… 😀

5D Mk II + EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro   f/2.8, 1/80, +1/3 exp. comp,  ISO 640

IMG_0847A rare-steak donburi!!! Talk about a meat lover’s heaven 😀 PLUS it’s only 1200 yen! No way I could pass this up. The taste…?

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/11, 1/8, -1/3 exp. comp, ISO 800 @ 21mm

IMG_0839How can I describe it? Nothing like Japanese shimofuri (fatty beef) – and I’ve eaten the best there is here in Matsusaka. I was reminded of why steak lovers, well, love steak! The texture and the pure meatiness of each piece of beef were compounded by flashes of pepper that was liberally ground out on top. With each bite my mouth literally was jumping up and dancing. The best part might have been the way the meat and the rice (with special sauce) complimented each other so well. I even got an extra helping of rice!

5D Mk II + EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro   f/5.6, 1/20, -1/3 exp. comp,  ISO 800

IMG_0873At a shrine by Shibuya Station. I love the homage to Ise Shrine – Go Mie! 🙂 (Sign reads:
“Take a pilgrimage to Ise Shrine (62nd shrine reconstruction ceremony in 2013) ” )

5D Mk II + EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro   f/5.6, 1/80, -1/3 exp. comp,  ISO 800

IMG_0881A macro shot of the strands of the rope; this kind of rope is used to ring the bell at almost every shrine in Japan. Love the texture and detail!

5D Mk II + EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro   f/4/, 1/80, +1/3 exp. comp,  ISO 500IMG_0901A cat sitting in the doorway to a small alley-way shop.

5D Mk II + EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro   f/2.8, 1/80, -1/3 exp. comp,  ISO 3200IMG_0888Fall colors litter the pavement in yellow.

5D Mk II + EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro   f/3.5, 1/100, +1/3 exp. comp,  ISO 200

IMG_0913Dusk approaching and people are on the move, coming home from work or school. “American Apparel”.

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/8, 1/6, +1/3 exp. comp, ISO 800 @ 16mm

IMG_0925Lots and lots of shoes – even my own! 😛

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/4, 1/25, -1/3 exp. comp, ISO 800 @ 16mmIMG_0950Outside of a bike shop I saw this bench and the blue bike locked up, framed against the busy street. As I was snapping, another
biker came by and locked up his bike against the bench. Here, he’s getting ready to leave, proving some nice motion to this shot.

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/4, 1/3, +1/3 exp. comp, ISO 400 @ 16mmIMG_0973Waiting to cross the street at dusk. I love the mix of blue sky and yellow street lights. Feels like a big city 🙂

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/4, 1/6, ISO 400 @ 16mm

IMG_0994A few more night shots from up on a pedestrian cross-over. My favorite time of day when the sky is an ultra-deep blue. Braced on a railing.

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/14, 1 sec, ISO 400 @ 16mm


5D Mk II + EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro   f/5.6, 1/13, +1/3 exp. comp,  ISO 1600

IMG_1036My dessert before heading out back to Mie (though I did stop by a Michigan Ann-Arbor alum dinner, thanks to an invite
from Yuki! Strangely enough I met the brother-in-law of my favorite professor at University of WA! Smaaaaaall world).
I also caught this one on 昼なんです. These Taiyaki take THIRTY MINUTES each to make! I put in an order and went to have
dinner at a kushiyaki (fried food on a stick) restaurant next door. 40 minutes later the most amazing Taiyaki I’ve ever had
was waiting for me! Super crispy on the outside and special homemade anko (red bean) on the inside. Mmmm…

5D Mk II + EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II   f/2.8, 1/25, ISO 800 @ 24mm

And as promised, Emi’s new video:

Thanks for reading, I’ve been so busy that I’ve barely put my camera down at all the last two weeks. Many more adventures to come, stay tuned!  – Brian


3 thoughts on “Tokyo Inter BEE / Street & Food

  1. Glad to hear about all your other adventures in Tokyo, just goes to show why the blog is so good for telling stories that you can’t otherwise describe in words alone! That rare-steak donburi looks ridiculous dude, can’t believe you got another serving of rice with that too! Japan does food so well, that 30-minute taiyaki sounded amazing too. I end up always going to the same restaurants here in Ann Arbor since there aren’t that many great places, but in Japan it’s hard to find anywhere that’s NOT you know?!

    I see you also managed to a 1080p version of the video up, definitely looks better than 720p. And dude I’m jealous of the fact that you’re so busy that you’ve barely put the camera down — I’m so busy I’ve barely picked the camera up! Starting to get the urge again though, hopefully the warm, wet weather will blow by and we’ll get a proper winter this year! I’ve been seeing all the test-shots of the RX1 in Japan, looks like the beautiful autumn leaves are at their peak over there now 😀

    • Dude there is an overwhelming dearth of amazing food here, you can go to a place or two a day and you’d probably never run out! Man, you WILL eat well when you get somewhere with a good selection 🙂 Your food adventures in Yokohama with Yayoi are more than proof of that.

      Yeah I was going to email the label but they seem to have gotten the hint and put one up already. 1080p is as close to 4K as we can get now but I wish you could have seen it live.

      Yeah man I have 3 video projects I’m doing right now, finally almost done with my Korea pics too, should be up, but I’ve also got one or two more sets before that I wanted to blog. I might do another post today! While it’s nice it still isn’t finding me jobs haha. So it goes, hopefully getting a part time when I get back until I can find career work will tide me over.

      Fall is still pretty good here. I might try to get out one more time but not likely Dec schedule is pretty full already….How’s the work load?

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