Christmas is coming, and with it, the festive spirit is alive in many places around the world. Last year I had the opportunity to visit the Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market in Yokohama, Japan. It was only their 4th year but the market was still bustling with families and couples from all over the city and beyond.
German-styled huts lined a cobblestone pathway where couples and families walked as they enjoyed the festive spirit and filled their bellies with hot wine and hot chocolate. It definitely got me in the mood even though I was busy snapping away trying to catch the ambiance of that magical orange glow once the sun dipped below the horizon.
This year’s festival runs through December 25th and although not officially part of the market, the red brick warehouse boasts an art rink for those skating enthusiasts.
For more information on the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market, head over to the Yokohama Visitors’ Guide, or to the Red Brick Warehouse website for those capable of reading in Japanese.
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My attempt with most of the photos below were to capture the hustle and bustle of the market, along with the warmth emanating from the Christmas lights strewn all along the pathway. To do this, most photos were captured as a long exposure of around 1 second, using a tripod. This not-too-long period of time allows me to blur some people as they walked by, while still being able to make out other faces as they stood still for the duration of the exposure.
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