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    Is it prohibited?

    I read somewhere that it is, but I would like to confirm this from someone who's been there.

    That would sure be a damper on a trip to Tokyo.

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    hmm... din know there is, but i took it anyway when on the bullet train ride... with video cam.
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    i watched a video of a couple on the train, this video is homemade, so i think its allowed right? Its a japanese movie.

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    i did anyway
    nobody stop me

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    Japan is a camera-friendly country. If u stop someone and asked for his/her photo to be taken....most likely, they will gladly oblige.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee Hedge
    Japan is a camera-friendly country. If u stop someone and asked for his/her photo to be taken....most likely, they will gladly oblige.
    remember to use the right name... KONICA... (sorry me lame... me remember the old konica commercial... hehee...) anyway... dun say KODAK... wait kena slap...
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    me too, they dun even care!!
    juz snap away..... but dont fire flash directly at them

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    Just make sure you don't appear like a voyeur and you should be alright. And oh, taking pictures in women-only carriages is likely to get you some hostilities too.

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    heck... the japs even shoot porn on trains before... dun ask me how i know,...
    If Life worked on auto mode then manual mode for photography would have never existed. ― Deeksha Mittal

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    i heard from friends that some of the girls there are afraid of people who are walking around with a camera....reason could be "upskirt magazine".... i don't know how true it is....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kegler
    i heard from friends that some of the girls there are afraid of people who are walking around with a camera....reason could be "upskirt magazine".... i don't know how true it is....

    they should be more afraid of camera phones than SLR systems.

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    During my trip there 7 years ago, I did not encounter any opposition taking pictures of bullet trains or shinkansen.

    After re-reading your heading, I think common courtesy should be observed eg. like asking permission first before taking. This applies to all people and all places.
    Last edited by reachme2003; 23rd July 2004 at 09:01 AM.

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    Been to Japan a few times. The trains are camera friendly. As are most of the people. Key is to smile and be friendly. Once even had a street punk show off his modified cadillac. I saw it parked outside a fast food restaurent and started snapping. He saw it, stepped outside the restaurent, got in the car, turn on the engine and showed me all the funky modified suspensions. The car can hop on its wheels. Hahaha!

    The only time I was stopped was while I was taking pictures in Tokyo Hands. Apparently, its becoz they won't want you to take pictures of its products and prices. The staff was very friendly when asking me to stop taking. Even apologise to me. Didn't ask me to erase or anything. That's what I call service.

    Do enjoy your stay there. Its a nice country to visit.

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