Tokyo’s Neon Nightlife – Liam Wong

Wandering the streets of Tokyo at night, Liam Wong has documented the neon lights of the city like a futuristic flaneur. The images he as created bring to mind a city both futuristic and gritty, constantly illuminated by flashing lights. Wong works for Ubisoft, directing the visual identity for the games; the photographs he take in real life could easily form the backdrop in a game. On his first trip to the city, he fell in love, but it was on a rainy night that his imagination came to life. The somewhat garish and overcrowded decor of the streets conjure up a cyberpunk atmosphere; Wong himself felt he had ended up in one of the scene’s of the iconic Blade Runner. Posting most photographs on Instagram, he has created a beautiful document of Tokyo at night as it embraces the digital age.

“Then one night it rained and the city came to life. I got lost in the beauty of Tokyo at night. I was fascinated by how the city lit up and I just kept taking picture after picture. It was like being inside Gaspar Noé’s film, ‘Enter The Void’, or living in the cyberpunk world that Syd Mead had created in Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’.”


Liam Wong is an Art Director and Graphic Design Director working at Ubisoft, where he directs the ‘look and feel’ for games. Originally from Scotland, two and a half years into his career he moved to Canada, becoming the youngest director at the largest games development studio in the world. His work as allowed him to travel the world and he started an Instagram account as a photo diary, reflecting his developing interest in photography.