We never tire of seeing new interpretations of the bustling scenes that make Tokyo’s streets so iconic and in this new series, photographer Kodai Kawahara shoots the city in the rain. But, while the drizzle contributes a certain grainy moodiness to the compositions, it’s the umbrellas that create the dramatic addition to the usual sights of Shibuya crossing, Harajuku et al. The public’s dedication to its umbrellas is impressive, providing a virtual canopy between narrow streets as waves of walkers shelter from the rain.
From the sight of Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street blanketed in umbrellas to intimate stills of an individual caught somewhat surreptitiously amongst the narrow alleyways that crisscross the city, Kawahara’s project presents a sight of the city in which its inhabitants are inadvertently obscured by umbrellas. And yet, while faces and heads are hidden, the personality and ceremony of the city shines through in the collective response to the weather. See more work by Kodai Kawahara here.
Images © Kodai Kawahara
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