When you think Tokyo, you probably think bustling streets, business men and bright lights. Because, well, that’s what Tokyo is – but it isn’t all of the city. Tokyo is a mysterious, vast and sometimes sinister place with lots of dark alleyways and undiscovered street corners. It’s these hidden gems that photographer Masashi Wakui is interested in; his snapshots of quiet Tokyo nights are haunting, hazy and hella cool.
Wakui’s photos of Tokyo’s virtually abandoned after-hours sidewalks are lit mostly by neon signs signaling its storefront’s various wares. Because of this solely artificial source of light, there are incredible plays of light and shadow, corners thrown into complete darkness and building facades glowing red. The raining scenes are especially atmospheric. There’s a certain hush that falls over Wakui’s work that transports you into the moment. [h/t:masa-photo.tumblr.com]