If you can resist eating that mouth-watering sushi for just a while longer, you’ll be rewarded with awesome pictures.
There are certain photos that everyone takes during their time in Japan. Tokyo’s Shibuya Scramble Intersection, Mt. Fuji, the Shinkansen bullet train, and geisha dressed in the full regalia of their profession are all compelling, uniquely Japanese images, and whether you’re a traveler or a resident, and if you’re looking for visual keepsakes of your Japanese journeys, you’d be remiss not to photograph them if you have the opportunity.
However, there’s also a dramatic, often-overlooked photo opportunity waiting inside Japan’s many kaitenzushi (revolving sushi) restaurants. Sure, many first-timers take wide-angle snapshots of the interiors of these restaurants, where conveyor belts deliver plates of food to diners. But Japanese Twitter user and photography enthusiast @regacy_sti recommends adjusting your camera’s zoom to a tighter focus and getting some dynamic shots of the sushi itself.
Takashi (@regacy_sti) February 19, 2017
“Practicing panning in a kaitenzushi restaurant,” tweeted @regacy_sti along with the photos. Usually, photographers employ this sort of technique on subjects moving at extremely high speeds, such as cars or airplanes that are whizzing by. Kaitenzushi conveyors aren’t anywhere near as fast, of course, but because of the compact size of the plates, @regacy_sti’s tracking shots have awesome, blurred backgrounds that help express the motion that the food is in as the shutter snaps.
“I felt a little self-conscious,” says @regacy_sti of whipping out his camera in the restaurant, “but this was really good practice.” It just goes to show that a talented photographer can find captivating subjects in the most unexpected places. The only drawback, though, is that by the time you’ve taken a photo of the sushi, it’ll have already moved past you and become fair game for other customers to take from the conveyor and eat, so for each plate that comes by, you’ll have to choose between polishing your skills and stuffing your face.
Follow Casey on Twitter, where he’s immensely saddened by the fact that it’s been over two weeks since he’s gone out to get kaitenzushi.