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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:30:15 +0000


Tokyo 2017

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:30:15 +0000

Glamour in an old Tokyo shopping street

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:30:24 +0000

Looking at these pages, or indeed my portfolio site, it’d be fairly easy to assume that the average age in Japan is about 82, which obviously isn’t true. Well, not yet, anyway. And, as photographic proof, here’s a rare shot of someone considerably younger. Although to be honest, I suspect she may be a tourist.

A half-century-old Tokyo ramen restaurant

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:30:09 +0000

The cramped seating area isn’t exactly the comfiest, and the toilet facilities are positively archaic, but this old Tokyo ramen restaurant is pretty much perfect. Great food, decades of clutter and a genuine sense of warmth the moment one walks in.

Tokyo train station drunk

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:30:41 +0000

Some Japanese drunks prefer to ease into unconsciousness when sat with friends, or somewhat less safely in a city side street wearing little more than a slip. Others, however, rather more boldly opt for busy train stations, during late night peak time, when predictably there are police about.

Uniform wearing Japanese nationalists at Yasukuni Shrine

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:30:09 +0000

With world politics shifting increasingly to the right, this group of nationalists visiting Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine on National Foundation Day now don’t seem quite so out of step as they did in 2011, when I first photographed them. Images that back then benefited enormously from some unexpected snow, meaning that unless the weather is especially […]

Old school Tokyo clothes shop

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 23:30:53 +0000

When it comes to modern clothes shops, Tokyo isn’t exactly lacking. But move away from the city’s busy hubs, and the branded stores and cool boutiques slowly make way for considerably older outlets. Places where fashion often plays second fiddle to price and functionality.

The world through a plastic visor

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:30:50 +0000

When the world is clearly in trouble, seeing it less clearly might make it look just that little bit kinder.

Tokyo squid-man

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 23:30:55 +0000

He’s not the egg-man. Nor indeed is he the walrus. Instead, he’s the wonderfully silly, smartphone resistant, squid-man.

Tokyo shadows and light

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 23:30:16 +0000

Tokyo ramen love

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:30:59 +0000

After many years spent making it, this couple’s love of eating ramen is very likely long gone. The love that they continue to pour into each bowl, on the other hand, quite clearly hasn’t diminished at all.

Tokyo Wizard

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 23:30:31 +0000

Tokyo never ceases to surprise. And wizards, it would seem, are sadly just as reliant on smartphones as the rest of us.

Tokyo park life

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:30:53 +0000

Beautiful Audrey Hepburn urban art

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:30:50 +0000

On a recent walk past what is now a massive building site, there was the bittersweet memory of some Audrey Hepburn urban art I once photographed there. The timing of which, at least light-wise, couldn’t have been better. So as a nice reminder, and a remix of sorts, here’s a new version. A scene that […]

Tokyo: An internationally drunk city?

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:30:13 +0000

When it comes to helping overseas visitors, Tokyo has definitely made an effort over the years. Signs and announcements in foreign languages are now way more common than they once were, and similarly helpful menus can be found in an increasing number of restaurants. And yet at the same time, how much the capital really […]

A 90-year-old Tokyo tatami shop

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:30:57 +0000

This one-room little workshop in an old part of Tokyo was founded just over 90 years ago. Producing handmade tatami (traditional Japanese flooring mats), it’s both a business and a part of the local community — opening, as it does, onto the area’s little shopping street. Going back to those early years, tatami was ubiquitous […]

A stark, striking-looking Tokyo mannequin

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:30:41 +0000

Most shop mannequins rarely warrant a second look, but the odd one or two quite inexplicably do.

Street Buddhist stares and prayers

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:30:43 +0000

Regardless of whether it’s hot or cold, fine or otherwise, this old Buddhist monk is almost always stood in the same spot. A display of patience and commitment that is nothing short of incredible. He diligently prays. Rarely seems to receive offerings. And when unintentionally provoked by an impolite foreigner, the displeasure he showed was […]

Japan: A portrait of the artist as an old man?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:30:11 +0000

Abandoned American theme park in Japan: A warning?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:30:28 +0000

Western Village first opened its doors back in the early 1970s. Originally quite a modest affair known as Kinugawa Family Ranch, the Wild West theme park did well and gradually expanded, hence the name change. Yet despite such success, changing times resulted in changing fortunes, and in 2006 it was forced to close — meaning […]

A dystopian Tokyo tunnel

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:30:13 +0000

An underground tunnel, a long-abandoned bike and the sense of a story that’s always going to be out of reach.