Asakusa Matsuri by Patrick Tsai in Hatagaya, Tokyo, Japan

This sequence of photos was taken from my friend’s apartment window during the Asakusa Matsuri (Festival) where people walk around their neighborhood carrying a portable shrine on their shoulders. Every neighborhood has this kind of festival once a year.  Mine was much smaller compared to this one.

Name:Patrick Tsai

Place you live: Hatagaya, Tokyo, Japan

Can you sum up your spot? I live in Hatagaya, a small neighborhood in Tokyo, where everyone on my block knows each other like in the countryside.

Occupation: Photographer/Professor

A perfect day in Hatagaya? Getting something creative done and spending a few hours outdoors.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Go to a sento (neighborhood public bath) or an onsen (hot springs).

A perfect meal? I think that just depends who you are eating with…

What is the best thing about your spot? You don’t have to go to Kyoto to see old Japan and there are a lot of great festivals throughout the year.

What is the worst? I can’t think of anything negative at the moment…

A little known fact about where you live? In Hatagaya, there is a great pet shop that has sea horses, owls, and other strange creatures for sale.

Where is your favorite place in the world? Home.

Who are your three favorite photographers? Kayo UmeDiane Arbus, and Shoji Ueda.