tokyo camera style

Jul 24 2013

On a recent trip to the popular tourist island Enoshima this week I saw that the city of Fujisawa had installed camera stands in scenic spots popular for kinen-shashin 記念写真, commemoration photos.

Created by Sunpole, a manufacturer of flagpoles and all sorts of outdoor all-weather items found in Japan, these camera stands rotate 360 degrees and are positioned at just the right height and distance to include everyone in the frame. The stand provides a safe and level spot to place any camera and as you can see in the picture above there is an upright slot to place smartphones in as well.  

The fact that people don’t need to approach a stranger to request a photo is an obvious benefit from such an invention but at the same time it saves those fellow tourists who might be asked a whole lot of trouble- from the pressure of taking a less than ideal final image, to the even worse possibility of dropping someone’s camera or smartphone on their vacation.

It will be interesting to see if these Sunpole camera stands become more prevalent in Japan in the future. Perhaps it’s possible that similar stands may start appearing at other tourist spots around the world. 

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