I shot this on a cheap lomo 10+ years ago with Fuji Superia 1600+ film. I barely knew how to process anything back then and went looking for a small photo processor. In those days, they still had tiny booths everywhere people were likely to pass in Tokyo - train stations, supermarkets, and convenience stores - but I was just starting my photography courses and wanted to track down somewhere that had more than a typical minilab. I found a tiny shop in the back alleys of Nakano with old Minolta and Leica glass in the windows. Inside, dusty Mamiyas and Hasselblads were stacked like detritus on the shelf, precariously positioned and cluttered to the ceiling. I didn't give any special instructions - my japanese language skills were stretched to the limit giving address and figuring out when to pick it up.
A few days later, I picked up the film and was blown away at how much better this was than my digital images - from a pocket camera I picked up on a lark for 19 francs several years earlier. The color range and bloom from the lights, the texture, the grain and saturation were so much more than I ever expected from the little plastic lens. I promised the owner I'd come back when I hit it big and purchase a Leica rangefinder.
Last year, I went back, looking for the same shop. I had a little money in my pocket for the first time, and was entertaining the idea of dropping a few crisp 一万 on a used M3. I wanted to reward the proprietor for kickstarting my love of photography and complete the circle that had been open for close to ten years. Walking through Nakano sun plaza, rounding the corner next to うがも yakitori, i found the building where the shop once was. In it's place was a maid cafe.