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Photo-shoot at the entertainment zone near the Osaka Station

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Entrance to the entertainment complex

Entrance to the entertainment complex

A short distance from the main Osaka JR station and adjacent to the Higashiumeda subway station is an entertainment complex that runs for several blocks.  It is replete with many Japanese slot machine outlets, referred to as  pachinko parlors, that offer prizes that you later exchange for cash (because gambling is illegal).   But this area is not one-dimensional as there are many restaurants, bars, and other sorts of businesses that are popular afterhours activities in this area.

Pachinko parlor

Pachinko parlor

The area is well-lit and garish and for that reason is an interesting place to photograph.  I used a M8 with a Voightlander Heliar 15mm f/4.5 for all these photos.  It is an excellent choice as the depth of field at f/4.5 is .8 meters to infinity.  You don’t have to be concerned about focusing your lens and you can bring the camera to eye level and shoot quickly.  For this reason,  this lens is one of my favorites.

Loud and colorful

Loud and colorful

Restaurants too

Restaurants too

About three blocks in length

About three blocks in length

Time for a snack

Time for a snack

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Written by leolaksi

February 10, 2009 at 6:37 am

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