Japanese photographer Hiro Goto uses his Instagram account to share his unique perspective on the beauty of his country. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the tranquil landscape views of Mt. Fuji, the patriotic photographer uses his camera to peel back the layers of Japan.
Goto first used photography as a simple way to record his daily activities; but, after downloading Instagram, something changed. “I can share photos with people all over the world and I want to share the beauty of Japan with many people,” he tells My Modern Met. Though we’re used to seeing photographs of Tokyo, neon signs ablaze, Goto peppers his account with quieter moments as well.
Temples and tori gates, as well as snow-covered homes and desolate streets, demonstrate the dichotomy of Japan. It’s this balance of old and new, fast and slow, that makes the Japanese lifestyle unique. Goto’s Instagram is an exploration of Japan in its entirety, whether it’s gamblers in a pachinko parlor or the traditional onsens (hot springs) of a snowy mountain town.
The photographer hopes that his images stimulate others to explore Japan on their own. “I would be happy if people would like to travel to Japan by looking at my photos.” And by showing the beauty of Japan, both in the traditional tourist areas of Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as less frequently visited cities like Nagano and Yamagata, he gives his followers plenty of reasons to book their next trip.