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Tokyo Times

Photographs from a small group of islands

Last Build Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:30:51 +0000


The calm of an old Tokyo bar before opening

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:30:51 +0000

Well, the calm and considerable smoke of an old Tokyo bar before opening.

Tokyo fashion and faces

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:30:54 +0000

Late summer looks?

Japanese salary man blues?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:30:36 +0000

The zen-like calm of a Japanese scarecrow?

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:30:07 +0000

Or contentment perhaps due to the impending harvest and the sense of a job very competently done.

A Tokyo thinker

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:30:23 +0000

And smoker.

Tokyo: a cute facade hiding a harsher reality?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:30:52 +0000

When growing up, one of the most popular children’s TV shows was Rainbow; a programme based around a house inhabited by a man, a bear, a pink hippo and an odd-looking puppet with a zip for a mouth. However, despite such a memorable premise, what always stuck in my mind was the theme tune. A […]

An old Tokyo shopping street

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:30:24 +0000

Tokyo, of course, has no shortage of modern, fancy shops and supermarkets. Plus these days there are convenience stores on what seems like every other corner. But in older parts of the city, traditional little shopping streets still manage to survive. Places run by locals, for locals and largely catering for their simple daily needs.

The stark, concrete beauty of Yubiso train station

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 23:30:52 +0000

Originally constructed in 1931, then totally rebuilt 7 years ago, Yubiso station in Gunma prefecture doesn’t boast the same dystopian feel or scale of the relatively nearby Tsutsuishi. What it does have, however, is a distinct and decidedly stark beauty. There’s the almost monolith-like entrance. Plus its two, very minimalist concrete tunnels. This one in […]

Portrait of an expressive old Japanese lady

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:30:33 +0000

As inscrutable expressions go it’s a good one, but at the same time it’s as appealing as it is impenetrable.

Drunk and asleep at the side of a Tokyo street

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 23:30:32 +0000

Photographed in the early afternoon, it’s probably fair to assume that this fella’s night out went beyond the hours of darkness, and well into the less forgiving light of the following morning.

Tokyo watch(ing)

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:30:35 +0000

A photo series: Britain, 2017

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 23:30:50 +0000

Due to circumstances way beyond my control, this summer would have marked the 4th consecutive year I hadn’t returned to Britain — the longest I’d ever gone without a visit. At the beginning of July, however, my wife thankfully got another all clear from the hospital following on from her battle with cancer a few […]

Old Tokyo looks

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 23:30:01 +0000

Japanese nationalists and the police in comedy confrontations

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 23:30:36 +0000

With their love of noise pollution and military-style fatigues, the Japanese far-right aren’t exactly shy about their affiliations. Yet despite their reputation, each and every time I’ve seen them in action — whether planned or otherwise — there’s only ever been the pretence of violence. Long-practiced piercing looks are invariably aimed at the police. As […]

Ginza prayers

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:30:10 +0000

All that glitters isn’t gold?

Tokyo lost love, or just lost sleep?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:30:27 +0000

An old coffee shop in old Tokyo

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:30:44 +0000

Tokyo has no shortage of big chain coffee shops and cafes, but fortunately it also has plenty of old school, lost in time little outlets.

Social and economic disparity in Tokyo

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 23:30:57 +0000

Even in the 1980s, the once commonly touted line that, all Japanese are middle-class, probably didn’t hold much in the way of truth. Nowadays, however, it most certainly doesn’t. And increasingly, the very obvious signs of social and economic division are sadly all too clear to see.

Tokyo shutters and stares

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:30:13 +0000

Shuttered-up old shops are increasingly common sights in both Tokyo, and Japan in general. Unlike many other countries, however, these small operations often double as homes, so even when the business is long gone, the building itself may still be in daily use. Like the place below. A scene that explains why the old lady […]

A quiet, oddly intimate moment in a Tokyo alley

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

Back in July 2014, I took this photo of a young woman feeding a pigeon some bar snacks. At the time, I was going through more of a black and white phase, but returning to the image recently when assessing pictures to include in my portfolio, I decided to see what it looked like in […]