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Japan is a country that loves photography and is camera-crazy. But photographers? Well, they’ve got to be careful where they shoot. Here’s Popular Photography & Imaging Editor in Chief John Owens discovering what happens when you try to photograph outside the giant Yodobashi Camera Store in Tokyo.
“You can’t photograph,” said the security guard. “It’s policy.”

Then he pointed toward the street side curb, with traffic whizzing by.

“”You can photograph from there.”

Inside the store, Owen’s DSLR happened to go off numerous times while it was dangling from his neck. For this stealth–and totally accidental–look inside the store, see Owens’ report from Japan–“Tokyo On 1,000 Frames A Day.”

(Photos by Lindsay Silverman)