Odd and Intimate Moments of Daily Life in Japan Captured by Shin Noguchi

Hodogaya,Yokohama (Mar 2012) | all photos by Shin Noguchi

“Truth is stranger than fiction,” Mark Twain famously wrote. “But it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” Indeed, scenes of oddities and drama are all around us. All we need to do is look around and pay attention. But Tokyo-based street photographer Shin Noguchi has a particular knack for capturing extraordinary moments of excitement, beauty and humanism that play out on the streets of Japan. Since 2010, Noguchi has been documenting these scenes in an ongoing series titled “Something Here.”

Nishishimbashi, Tokyo (Aug 2010)

Every photo seems to have a story to it, or is begging for a caption. Noguchi’s photos serve as a reminder that moments of daily life are sometimes more beautiful and brimming with humanism than carefully choreographed films. There’s something special here and, for Noguchi, photographing them is his way of reaching out to say “You are not alone. There is always someone in the world keeping an eye on your struggle.”

You can see more of Noguchi’s work on his website. You can also follow him on Instagram.

Omachi, Kamakura (Dec 2011)

Yuigahama, Kamakura (Dec 2011)


Shibakoen, Tokyo (Jan 2012)

Hase, Kamakura (Sep 2012)

Shibakoen, Tokyo (Jan 2013)

Shibuya, Tokyo (Aug 2013)

Minatomirai, Yokohama (Nov 2013)

Komachi, Kamakura (Feb 2014)

Shimbashi, Tokyo (Sep 2014)

Asakusa, Tokyo (Apr 2016)


  1. there’s a similar Japanese photographer: Kayo Ume https://www.shashasha.co/en/artist/kayo-ume

  2. I know those two guys in the first picture, theyr’e sloshed.

  3. some photos are posed, jokey. others are intrusive, offensive.

Comments are closed.

© 2024 Spoon & Tamago

Up ↑

Design by Bento Graphics