After the emergency state was lifted in Tokyo I decided to pick a quiet day and go shopping in Harajuku with my best friend. I had always passed by the Galaxy Store near the crosswalk but never had gone inside because I thought it was just an average mobile phone store with a cool design. However, one of my online friends had informed me that it had an amazing photo exhibit so I figured that this would be my next shoot location. Little did I know that it actually turned out to be one of the best places to shoot aesthetic photos in Harajuku!
Here are some photos from my latest shoot at Galaxy’s Photo Experience (which is a free space that anyone can use but there may be a queue):
The 1st floor sells Galaxy Phones which seem to be gaining a lot of popularity in Tokyo. I tested one out and they seem to take high quality pictures with their “hands-free” controls. The 2nd floor has a nice cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. The 3rd floor has a museum with all of the older Samsung models leading up to the latest one plus some promo for the now-cancelled 2020 Olympics (they are probably going to have to re-do this floor soon). The 4th floor is where the action is at because it’s the photo experience floor! Here there are 3 main areas you can take photos with—one simulates being in a galaxy with flashy lights, one you can draw shapes with light pens and have it recorded, and the last involves mirrors and terminal screens (my personal favorite).
When you enter the last section of the photo experience floor, you are asked to type your Instagram handle into a terminal. Upon entering the room in front of it, all of your latest posts will be displayed in an array of mirrors and a robotic voice will read your most-used hashtags. Mine were “aesthetic” and “Nagoya” (to no one’s surprise). The posts will be scrambled and magnify at random so it creates a dramatic backdrop with the dark lighting. It felt absolutely surreal to be here, and also slightly nostalgic. This must be exactly what being in “The Wired” feels like:
In addition to the latest phones and this futuristic photo exhibit, the Galaxy Cafe on the 2nd floor has some delicious over-sized “DUMBO” donuts and coffee. I couldn’t resist ordering the sparkly blue one and sharing it with my friend. It was glazed to perfection and also had tiny chocolate pearls on top of it:
I am happy to see that cafes and museums in Tokyo are gradually opening and are enforcing proper safety protocol. All attendees are required to use hand sanitizer and wear a mask when entering as well as having their temperature checked by the staff. We fortunately came during the time of day when the store wasn’t very crowded so we felt safe here.
In my next article, I will be writing about a new MOTHER/Earthbound exhibit coming to Shibuya. Please stay tuned for it!
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