Vibrant Photographs of Tokyo at Night by Masashi Wakui

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Tokyo is an infinitely photogenic city. And there’s no shortage of photographers capturing its vibrant landscape. But local resident and photography aficionado Masashi Wakui has a unique, surreal style of capturing Tokyo by night and making it look like an animated still from Akira or a Ghibli film.

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Wakui has a penchant for the backstreets of Tokyo, specifically those with plenty of lanterns, streetlights and neon signs that only add to the surreal, cinematic quality of the scene. And those who have spent any number of nights wandering these streets will find Wakui’s photos achingly captivating.

Once the scene is captured Wakui then digitally manipulates the image, giving it a color grading effect that works perfectly with his busy nighttime cityscapes. There are tutorials that have even sprouted up, analyzing the “Masashi Wakui Look,” as its been coined. Wakui himself even points to one, admitting it’s close but not perfect.

You can see many more of Wakui’s photos on Flickr, where he constantly posts new work.

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  1. So awesome. 🙂

  2. “Natsukashii”. We lived in Tokyo for quite awhile. Miss it, seeing these.

  3. Would love to be able to buy prints!

    NEED PRICES. $$$$$$$$

  5. According to the artist he’ll be selling his prints at but we’re not sure when.

  6. Very beautiful photos. I love them!
    Where can I buy them?

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