Photographer Captures Busy But Beautiful City Streets Unique to Tokyo

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Photographer Tatsuto Shibata (known as _deepsky on Instagram) is known for his ability to capture the spirit of modern Tokyo. From the chaotic main avenues to quiet side streets, Shibata's photographs show just how multi-faceted the metropolis really is.

Even oft-photographed spaces, such as the expansive crosswalks of Ginza, take on a new dimension through his lens. Shooting at the perfect time of day, his aerial perspective captures the elongated shadows of commuters and tourists, providing a dynamic light and shade to the composition. “Tokyo is one of the biggest cities in the world and it is always crowded,” the photographer tells My Modern Met via email. “Everyone is hustle and bustle. I enjoy photographing the chaotic street views of Tokyo.”

But for every chaotic view, Shibata manages to sneak in some quiet moments on the side streets of Shinjuku or the reflective beauty of colorful fireworks. Look through his feed and you'll discover there's more than just Tokyo in his repertoire. Shibata travels far and wide, whether south down to Kyoto, within Asia to South Korea and China or across the ocean to New York City. No matter the location, he manages to frame the scene perfectly, transporting his followers to each city.

Tatsuto Shibata is a Tokyo-based photographer who explores the chaotic streets of the city.
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He loves capturing the chaos of Tokyo, with its streets always brimming with activity.

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But he also manages to show a quieter side to Tokyo, providing a multi-faceted view of the metropolis.

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Tatsuto Shibata: Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Tatsuto Shibata.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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