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Photographs from a small group of islands

Last Build Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:30:50 +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.

Japanese morning drinkers

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:30:31 +0000

Ten thirty on a Wednesday morning might seem a little early for cheap booze and chicken on a stick, but in a week when most people went back to work, the drinks may well have been medicinal rather than any attempt at merriment.

Old and beautiful Japanese bonsai

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:30:09 +0000

Old and meticulously cared for bonsai are incredibly beautiful things. In our fast-moving, increasingly chaotic world, they are also objects of quiet, almost ethereal calm. Creations that elegantly take a stand against the prevailing desire for quick results or regular reinvention. Nurtured and cared for over centuries, the trees’ anonymous and often long gone custodians […]

A few favourite photographs from 2016

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 23:30:14 +0000

With the year rapidly drawing to a close, it’s time once again to look back over the last 12 months and pick out my favourite photographs. On so many levels, 2016 has been an absolute shocker, but personally at least it has been one to remember. It started out just like the previous year ended […]

A suitably carefree Merry Christmas

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:30:02 +0000

With the festive period fast approaching, I hope that wherever you are, and whatever you do, you enjoy some seasonal excess, the necessary recuperative rest and plenty of pleasant surprises. Merry Christmas!

The comfort and calm of a traditional Tokyo restaurant

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:30:59 +0000

On a bright but cold December day, the comfort and quiet ambience of a traditional, family run Tokyo restaurant, really does take some beating.

A Kabukicho kiss

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:30:16 +0000

A little romance, of sorts, on the streets of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s largest red light district.

A unique Tokyo subway entrance

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 23:30:45 +0000

Tokyo’s subway network is mostly modern and clean. As are the maze-like passageways and entrances its millions of passengers need to make their way through. The combination of which makes for an efficient, but at the same time far from interesting, experience. In quiet corners, however, some character can be found. Like this set of […]

Japan: (Don’t) kill yourself

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:30:23 +0000

Tokyo old school aviator looks

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 23:30:30 +0000

Despite its sometimes maddening quest for modernity, Tokyo does still retain a decent amount of old, fairly untouched places. Even then, however, there are usually plenty of giveaway signs that it’s most definitely the present, and not some undetermined time in the past. But now and again a scene does appear that arguably wouldn’t have […]

Tokyo shopping blues?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:30:10 +0000

The ghosts of Japanese gamblers past?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:30:19 +0000

Studying form at a racecourse in Tokyo, this young man was sat all by himself, and yet at the same time he was also in the very visible presence of a long line of gamblers who have placed bets before him.

An old and cluttered Tokyo fabric shop

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:30:52 +0000

Tucked away down a quiet little side street, this man was working away on a Sunday. Presumably just like he has done on countless other traditional days off. But that didn’t seem to bother him in the slightest. And fortunately neither did a foreigner poking his head through the window to take a photograph.