Anybody who’s been to Tokyo will know that the city is best viewed at night, and these stunning pictures prove it. They were taken by Masashi Wakui, a talented and self-taught Japanese photographer who has expertly managed to capture the capital in all of its nocturnal and neon splendor. Navigating the winding backstreets and alleyways of Shibuya, Shinjyuku and various other districts, Masashi creates an almost surreal atmosphere with his kaleidoscopic portrayal of Tokyo by night. He uses high-performance compact cameras and then alters the colors in order to create a vivid and magical quality to scenes of everyday life in the city. If the pictures below don’t make you want to dust off your camera and catch the next plane to Tokyo, nothing will.

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