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Last Build Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:30:58 +0000


Tokyo through rose-tinted spectacles?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:30:58 +0000

Old style Tokyo street stall

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:30:49 +0000

With just an old cart and a small selection of fruit and veg, you are pretty much all set. In fact all set for the length of a day’s work, and possibly even a full working life.

Japanese farm horror

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:30:56 +0000

Japanese scarecrows are often a little unsettling, but this one is truly horrific.

An old, lost in time little Tokyo office

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:30:26 +0000

In all likelihood, this man’s little engineering company isn’t all that busy, but in the semi-darkness of a small, Tokyo house, he still sits quietly at his computer-free desk. Camped in the corner of an office that clearly hasn’t changed in a long time. And yet judging by his warm, welcoming smile, that’s just the […]

An utterly exhausted Tokyo salaryman

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:30:26 +0000

After a lengthy legal case, there was official recognition last week that a young woman’s death was work related. The terribly sad story of another lost life due to ludicrously long hours and a work culture gone more than just a little awry. And yet signs of real, meaningful change remain minimal, whereas signs of […]

Tokyo festival faces and fun

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:30:32 +0000

Traditional Japanese festivals often require a lot of effort, but the pay-off is that they are almost always a tremendous amount of fun.

The unique stations of an abandoned train line in northern Japan

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:30:07 +0000

Completed in 1936, northern Japan’s Esashi train line ran for a scenic 42kms. Stretching from coast to coast, it served small, inland villages — offering a service that must have once been nothing short of essential. The combination of motorisation, better roads and a decreasing population, however, gradually left the route with an ever-dwindling number […]

Tokyo urban gardening

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 23:30:15 +0000

This old fella’s garden may only be the meagre space on top of an air conditioning unit, but the plants there seem to get just as much attention as they would if they were growing somewhere more conventional.

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.