National Art Centre, Tokyo

If you ever find yourself in Tokyo and have nothing to do (impossible!), make your way to the National Art Centre, Tokyo located near the Roppongi district. Not only is it architecturally stunning, but it is also a photographer’s playground with all the curves, glass, and a whole lot of shadow-play during sunsets.

The entrance to the National Art Centre, Tokyo during blue hour.
The entrance to the National Art Centre, Tokyo during blue hour. 1/40 sec. @ f/4.0, ISO 4000, 24mm.

I came here well before sunset and managed to stay here well afterwards. Even if you’r not into photography, it’s still worth a visit just to admire the architecture, or perhaps even to enjoy the art inside!

Photographer's playground with all the linear and curved lines—not to mention all the shadow-play they create during sunset hours.
1/160 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 800, 70mm

It is a photographer’s playground with all the lines and curves, creating patterns—not to mention all the shadows you can play with  during the sunset hour.

The glow of the sun reflects off the walls.
1/400 sec., @ f/4.5, ISO 800, 52mm.

The glow of the sun creates magic on the walls within. And with the crowd of people coming in and out of exhibits, you can literally stay here for hours just people-watching.

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1/500 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 800, 70mm

There are many places in Tokyo that you can people-watch, but the National Art Centre, Tokyo offers photographers the choice between shooting the people within or of the architecture itself. If neither is to your liking, you can always choose to see the actual art installations inside!

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