20 year young photographer Ameya Jay went to see Goldlink last Friday while exploring the vibes of nighttime Tokyo on film. All photos have a time stamp on it so you can see what happens at different times of the night. “I wanted to capture what a night in my city is like. We start going out around the last train at 11pm/12am and then we get back home around 6pm.
Seeing Tokyo at night and how it evolves into the day is really interesting.”
“Tokyo has two personalities. daytime Tokyo, and nighttime Tokyo. She’s like the girl in your college class who sits upright at her desk diligently taking notes. Her floral skirt hanging over her knees like a curtain, her ebony black hair neatly braided down her back and her rectangle glasses hiding her amber eyes. In one look, you can tell she’s put together, studious, and hard-working. But at night you go to a popular nightclub with your friends and you catch a glimpse of those same amber eyes. Except, this time she’s a totally different person. Her hair is drenched in sweat and tequila, she wears a backless sapphire top and she is fearless and charismatic.
I always tell my friends from other countries that if you were drunk and went through Tokyo during the day time and Tokyo during the night-time you would legitimately think that it’s two different countries. In the daytime, Tokyo is quiet, hundreds of business people packed into trains but not a soul speaks. People show up to work on time and diligently do their job. The city sparkles because of how clean it is, there are no cans of alcohol lying around or any litter. But in the night time its the complete opposite. In this photo series, I wanted to capture how Tokyo evolves overnight. At night there’s bottles of alcohol on subway floors, people roaming around drunk in Shibuya, artists like Goldink performing, and people drowning themselves in alcohol. In the morning, things slowly start to come together, around 5-6 a.m. you see some remnants of the night before. Bottles of alcohol lying around, people with hangovers trying to get home, and tourists trying to sight-see before it gets crowded. Then finally, Tokyo is the girl in your college class again. Reading the newspaper at a little after 6 a.m. while waiting for the first train to get to work.”