This past spring, I spent two weeks in Japan with my friend Grant Heinlein. This was his first visit so I decided to join him since my last trip to Japan in 2012 was only for a few days. We spent a majority of our time in the Akasaka neighborhood and bounced around Tokyo from there.
While this trip had a packed itinerary, some of my highlights were: sneaking into the Tsukiji Fish Market, getting coffee with Poggy from United Arrows, witnessing the pure beauty of Sakura all throughout the city, and vintage camera shopping with restaurant owner, Shoichiro Aiba of Life Son, to name a few.
Tokyo is such a large city and I felt that I barely got a glimpse of it from my short stay. As I continued to explore and getting to know some of the people, I started to develop a deep connection to the city, creating daily routines and having my go-to places, such as Life Son. This trip also came at a more noteable time in my life and allowed me time to reflect as I am about to become a father later this year. I think being in a different environment allows you to think more objectively, and traveling in general, along with being in Japan was the perfect place for me to dig deep in personal reflection. ■
Photographed in March, 2016