Brian Wood-Koiwa

  • Photographer
  • Documentary, Lifestyle
  • Tokyo, Japan

Brian is a Tokyo-based photographer who has lived, worked, and traveled around the world. Today, his photography is inspired by the juxtaposition of the ultra-modern and the traditional aspects visible in Tokyo: the temples and shrines that dot the city with the vertical steel and glass bones of the city. He calls his photographic style “urban weird” emphasizing the phantasmagorical of the banal through composition and post-processing in the digital darkroom. He also enjoys photographing the sublime natural wonders that surround Tokyo.

114  images

Tokyo, Japan - November 22, 2014: Yurakucho food alley under Yurakucho stationTokyo, Japan - November 22, 2014: Yurakucho food alley under Yurakucho station
Small boat and boathouse on pond at Rikugien, TokyoSmall boat and boathouse on pond at Rikugien, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - November 27, 2014: Street singer at Shinjuku stationTokyo, Japan - November 27, 2014: Street singer at Shinjuku station
Shibuya Crossing in TokyoShibuya Crossing in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - October 18, 2015: Snack vendor, SugamoTokyo, Japan - October 18, 2015: Snack vendor, Sugamo
Tokyo, Japan - August 21, 2015: Elderly man at temple, SugamoTokyo, Japan - August 21, 2015: Elderly man at temple, Sugamo
Tokyo, Japan - October 18, 2015: Elderly couple at temple, SugamoTokyo, Japan - October 18, 2015: Elderly couple at temple, Sugamo
Houses in Japanese mountain villageHouses in Japanese mountain village
Tokyo, Japan - December 12, 2015: Man by building under constructionTokyo, Japan - December 12, 2015: Man by building under construction
Snowy Japanese village in mountainsSnowy Japanese village in mountains
Towers and stormy sky in TokyoTowers and stormy sky in Tokyo
Elevated highway and buildings, TokyoElevated highway and buildings, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - March 13, 2016: Man by river bank, ShibamataTokyo, Japan - March 13, 2016: Man by river bank, Shibamata
Tokyo, Japan - March 13, 2016: Woman in kimono at train stationTokyo, Japan - March 13, 2016: Woman in kimono at train station
Tokyo, Japan - October 24, 2015: Diners at crowded restaurantTokyo, Japan - October 24, 2015: Diners at crowded restaurant
Main temple complex of Senso-ji temple, TokyoMain temple complex of Senso-ji temple, Tokyo
Buddhist nun begging for alms, TokyoBuddhist nun begging for alms, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - October 24, 2015: Diners at small restaurantTokyo, Japan - October 24, 2015: Diners at small restaurant
View of Tokyo from aboveView of Tokyo from above
Kegon Falls, Nikko, JapanKegon Falls, Nikko, Japan
Tokyo, Japan - January 11, 2015: Ultra-modern buildingTokyo, Japan - January 11, 2015: Ultra-modern building
Man under streetlight in park, TokyoMan under streetlight in park, Tokyo
Elderly lady looking across Sumida River in TokyoElderly lady looking across Sumida River in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - January 11, 2015: Buddhist monk begging for almsTokyo, Japan - January 11, 2015: Buddhist monk begging for alms
Tokyo, Japan - December 6, 2015: Rickshaw driver in traditional clothingTokyo, Japan - December 6, 2015: Rickshaw driver in traditional clothing
Tokyo, Japan - December 6, 2015: Man leaning on temple gateTokyo, Japan - December 6, 2015: Man leaning on temple gate
Woman in kimono at temple, TokyoWoman in kimono at temple, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - December 6, 2015: People at Senso-ji temple, AsakusaTokyo, Japan - December 6, 2015: People at Senso-ji temple, Asakusa
Island formations off Japanese coastIsland formations off Japanese coast
Tokyo, Japan - December 6, 2015: Wooden Kappa statue in KappabashiTokyo, Japan - December 6, 2015: Wooden Kappa statue in Kappabashi
Moss-covered stone lanterns, Hakone, JapanMoss-covered stone lanterns, Hakone, Japan
Smoke in Buddhist templeSmoke in Buddhist temple
Beckoning cat figurines, TokyoBeckoning cat figurines, Tokyo
Person on stairs by temple gate, TokyoPerson on stairs by temple gate, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - February 1, 2015: Woman walking by store displayTokyo, Japan - February 1, 2015: Woman walking by store display
Tokyo, Japan - December 31, 2015: St. Mary's CathedralTokyo, Japan - December 31, 2015: St. Mary's Cathedral
Shutter and cone, TokyoShutter and cone, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - November 22, 2014: Yurakucho food alleyTokyo, Japan - November 22, 2014: Yurakucho food alley
Office buildings with reflections, TokyoOffice buildings with reflections, Tokyo
Dawn over Tokyo, JapanDawn over Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan - March 21, 2015: Friends watching trains come and go at Harajuku stationTokyo, Japan - March 21, 2015: Friends watching trains come and go at Harajuku station
Tokyo, Japan - December 26, 2015: Man walking by city sculptureTokyo, Japan - December 26, 2015: Man walking by city sculpture
Tokyo, Japan - September 20, 2015: Nishi-Shinjuku skyscrapersTokyo, Japan - September 20, 2015: Nishi-Shinjuku skyscrapers
Tokyo, Japan - March 21, 2015: Man on bench at Meiji ShrineTokyo, Japan - March 21, 2015: Man on bench at Meiji Shrine
Tokyo, Japan - May 15, 2015: Commuters on the subwayTokyo, Japan - May 15, 2015: Commuters on the subway
Bird's eye view of TokyoBird's eye view of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - August 21, 2015: Woman resting on bench in SugamoTokyo, Japan - August 21, 2015: Woman resting on bench in Sugamo
Tokyo, Japan - May 15, 2015: People in a subway stationTokyo, Japan - May 15, 2015: People in a subway station

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