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
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
A nice breakfast in the morning – start the day off right!
Lunch; 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
They 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
A 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
How 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
At 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
A 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 500A 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 3200Fall 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
Dusk 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
Lots 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 @ 16mmOutside 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 @ 16mmWaiting 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
A 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
My 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