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Photographs from a small group of islands

Last Build Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:30:00 +0000


Dolls are for big boys as well as little girls

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:30:00 +0000

Their interests matched perfectly, but different notions of play made the encounter more than a little uncomfortable.

Japanese rich poor man

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:30:01 +0000

Tokyo payphones of the past

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:30:28 +0000

The somehow timeless, and yet at the same time utterly dated scene, of little-used Tokyo payphones.

Tokyo: An uphill struggle?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:30:12 +0000

Hokkaido nobody

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:30:46 +0000

After so much time spent in Tokyo, the space and comparatively sparse population of Hokkaido create a wonderful sense of escape. In fact, the area is so different, that it sometimes feels like another country, rather than somewhere a mere shinkansen ride away. And as previously documented, the region’s train stations are often beautifully, and […]

A traditional Japanese big city festival

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:30:51 +0000

Traditional festivals are always a great sight, but when surrounded by the modernity of the big city, they arguably become even more of a spectacle.

Tokyo Skytree views, and a video

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:30:15 +0000

From several parts of the city, Tokyo Skytree is an ever-present sight. A sight that despite being far from pretty, does offer a few photographic opportunities. There’s the chance to play about with some of the shapes it helps produce. Plus in the capital’s eastern suburbs, there are the fascinating structural contrasts the tower creates. […]

Tough Tokyo street shogi

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:30:06 +0000

Times change, but tough times, and the attempted diversions from them, sadly don’t.

Quiet, even serene, Tokyo streets

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 23:30:26 +0000

Tokyo may well be ridiculously busy, but just like in other cities around the world, Sunday mornings can be quite different. In fact so different that one could even call them serene.

Tokyo monochrome looks

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:30:24 +0000

Japanese scarecrows: A series

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 23:30:22 +0000

Earlier in the summer, a machine wielding mannequin head scarecrow made a solitary appearance. But now, with Tokyo grown rice almost ready to harvest, the main crew have moved in. A somewhat disheveled rabble it has to be said, but their realistic features and vacant stares are as striking as they are unsettling.

Tokyo summer sun and shadows

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

Tokyo’s many large, concrete structures, mean there are always at least some shadows to briefly escape the sweltering summer sun. A genuine blessing, particularly so once utterly boiling August begins. But that said, those same buildings only increase the temperatures further, making the shade nowhere near as restorative as it should be.

Tokyo wait under the tacks

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:30:41 +0000

A rather pensive wait, but one that quite possibly was almost over.

Oddly empty Hokkaido train stations

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:30:42 +0000

Living and working in Tokyo, the city’s immense train network is both an incredible convenience and a horrible necessity. You can reliably get almost anywhere in the capital, but the major problem is you have to do so with countless millions of other passengers. And it regularly gets so busy that individual stations feel like […]

Hokkaido fishing village face

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:30:39 +0000

It’s now just a comfortable train journey from Tokyo to Hokkaido, but Japan’s northernmost main island rather wonderfully feels like a whole other world compared to the congestion of the capital.

Tokyo train zen?

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:30:22 +0000

Zen and the art of managing train commutes?

Homeless ex-yakuza?

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:30:36 +0000

The missing little finger strongly suggests that this man was once a member of the yakuza, and his current predicament may also suggest that the reason for losing said digit eventually resulted in him losing an awful lot more.

A traditional Japanese wedding

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:30:27 +0000

There’s no way to turn the clocks back, but the timeless nature of this wedding, and perhaps more importantly the complete absence of any smartphones, means it’s still possible to get a glimpse of the past. Or at the very least, a recreation of it.

A lost Japanese gambler?

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:30:31 +0000

Lost, or he simply lost?

Yasukuni Shrine strangeness on the anniversary of Japan’s surrender

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:30:23 +0000

On August 15th, the anniversary of Japan’s surrender, it’s common to see the extreme right doing their thing at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine. The same is also true for National Foundation Day on February 11th — events I’ve photographed and written briefly about before. A few favourites being this uniform-clad old man last summer, a large […]