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Tokyo Times

Photographs from a small group of islands

Last Build Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:30:23 +0000


Tokyo summer festival lanterns and looks

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:30:23 +0000

The great thing about summer in Tokyo is the festivals. The not so great thing about summer in Tokyo is that it’s summer. On a similar, summer-related note, later this week I shall be leaving the intense heat and humidity of Japan and travelling for a month, meaning the usual three posts a week will […]

Tokyo summer smiles

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:30:31 +0000

Hot, but not the least bit bothered.

Faded Japan — a photo series

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:30:52 +0000

Over on my Instagram account, I now almost exclusively shoot Japan’s faded and crumbling buildings. As subjects I find them genuinely fascinating, but aside from the abandoned buildings connection, it’s also a very different discipline to photographing people. They are all iPhone shots too. And in the square format. So it’s a nice change of […]

Tokyo: shop ’til you drop?

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 23:30:15 +0000

A no-nonsense Tokyo shop

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 23:30:26 +0000

Despite the land prices in Tokyo, shuttered-up shops are surprisingly common sights in the capital; something I’ve documented here on several occasions, and much more extensively on my Instagram account. But now and again these closed properties do get repurposed, which is nice to see even if those doing the repurposing aren’t similarly pleased about […]

Old, shuttered and dilapidated Tokyo

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 23:30:00 +0000

The modernisation of Tokyo continues apace, but fortunately large sections of the city still contain wonderfully dilapidated remnants of the past.

Tokyo darkness and light

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 23:30:31 +0000

Tokyo young and old street scene

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 23:30:03 +0000

Sometimes, some moments, simply make you smile.

Tsutsuishi: Japan’s most dystopian train station?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:30:07 +0000

Tokyo’s modern and often horrendously busy train stations are marvels of both design and staff dedication. Structures that are beautifully efficient, and efficiently brutal. Move out of the city, however, and the experience can be a very different one. In Hokkaido, for example, there is the calming quiet of passenger-less stations, along with the decaying […]

An elderly Tokyo trio

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:30:00 +0000

A rest and varied reactions outside Tsukiji fish market.

Bulls on the road in rural Japan

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:30:48 +0000

You know you are not in Tokyo anymore when a bull passes by. A feeling that’s even more pronounced when it turns out the massive beast has an equally mammoth best friend.

A kamikaze Tokyo drunk?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:30:33 +0000

After a clearly committed, self-destructive drinking session, this young fella couldn’t have found a better (or should that be worse?) place to crash out.

Tokyo butcher’s look

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:30:03 +0000

A Tokyo butcher having a butcher’s.

A lovely old bar and its even lovelier old owner

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:30:43 +0000

This place has been in business for over 50 years. Originally it was a ramen shop, but for a long time now it’s just been a basic little bar. And yet despite all those years behind that wonderfully retro counter, the owner somehow manages to remain as warm and welcoming as ever.

An abandoned hotel once occupied after the war

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:30:16 +0000

Built in 1929, the Ikaho Kanko Hotel must have been quite a place to stay in its day. Situated in a popular hot spring resort, the cultural heritage listed structure was originally designed to cater for the region’s foreign visitors. A surprising concept, especially so in those days, and one that took a rather ironic […]

Tokyo lunch time tension?

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:30:32 +0000

The cook was merely curious, but the customer’s look is much less clear.

Ginza glares

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:30:32 +0000

Meeting people and making friends in Ginza.

Tokyo rock and roll intoxication

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:30:44 +0000

The Motörhead poster seemed very apt, although something much quieter was likely called for when consciousness eventually returned.

A Tokyo street portrait showing the passage of time

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:30:23 +0000

Situated down a narrow little Tokyo side street, the shop below is wonderfully old and ramshackle. It’s a building that appeals so much I’ve passed it more times than I care to remember, and detours enabling me to drop by again are never a chore. The owner, however, I’ve only seen twice. Well, clearly, anyway […]

Very drunk in a very small Tokyo bar

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 23:30:52 +0000

Three sheets to the wind in a bar that would barely hold more than three people.