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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:30:33 +0000Hemmed in by a new car park on one side, and a ditch on the other, this abandoned house is small and basic to say the least. There’s no bathroom. Not even a toilet. A shared, breeze-block outhouse is the only facility. And, as far as a kitchen goes, it was presumably a case of […]
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:30:31 +0000Many traditional shops in Tokyo open out onto the street — a lovely communal element that further cements their ties to the local neighbourhood. In older areas of the city, a surprising number of them still survive too, although there can’t be many that boast a working, and still in use water pump like the […]
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:30:42 +0000The train system in Tokyo is, without a doubt, truly incredible. Similarly undeniable, however, is how incredibly busy said system can be. So while it’s possible to travel pretty much anywhere, the journey might well be a little unpleasant to say the least. But head to the Japanese countryside, and it’s a completely different story. […]
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:30:24 +0000
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:30:30 +0000The standard image of Tokyo as a busy, sprawling concrete mass is an accurate one. It really does feel like the city goes on forever, and the sometimes monstrous number of people can be overwhelming to say the least. But head west, a long way west, and the suburbs eventually make way for something very […]
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:30:10 +0000There are certainly nicer places to enjoy a well-earned break, but in an often ludicrously busy city, this alleyway does offer something of a respite — at least from most people.
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 23:30:43 +0000A scene from the past with several clear hints at the present.
Sun, 05 Mar 2017 23:30:36 +0000Inside Tokyo’s fantastically ramshackle Tsukiji fish market, each stall has an office to deal with the business side of the very busy fish business; the vast majority of which are small, basic affairs like this one I photographed last year. But when it comes to the tiniest, this box definitely takes some beating.
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 23:30:30 +0000Shopping is a genuine source of pleasure for many people in Tokyo, but for some it would appear to produce only despondency.
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:30:15 +0000Four years or so ago I photographed the retro entrance to the peep show club featured below. Partly it was for posterity, as the red light district it’s a part of is rapidly disappearing, and partly it was because the sign is just so wonderfully saucy. But saucy in a seaside postcard sort of way, […]
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:30:12 +0000Friendly little bars are wonderful escapes wherever one happens to be. Each and every one offering a welcome chance to drink, unwind and briefly forget about all that’s going on in the wider world. And when they are as genuinely appealing as this place from the outside. As well as incredibly calming the moment the […]
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:30:17 +0000A glimpse of the young man this old man once was?
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:30:15 +0000
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:30:24 +0000Looking at these pages, or indeed my portfolio site, it’d be fairly easy to assume that the average age in Japan is about 82, which obviously isn’t true. Well, not yet, anyway. And, as photographic proof, here’s a rare shot of someone considerably younger. Although to be honest, I suspect she may be a tourist.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:30:09 +0000The cramped seating area isn’t exactly the comfiest, and the toilet facilities are positively archaic, but this old Tokyo ramen restaurant is pretty much perfect. Great food, decades of clutter and a genuine sense of warmth the moment one walks in.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:30:41 +0000Some Japanese drunks prefer to ease into unconsciousness when sat with friends, or somewhat less safely in a city side street wearing little more than a slip. Others, however, rather more boldly opt for busy train stations, during late night peak time, when predictably there are police about.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:30:09 +0000With world politics shifting increasingly to the right, this group of nationalists visiting Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine on National Foundation Day now don’t seem quite so out of step as they did in 2011, when I first photographed them. Images that back then benefited enormously from some unexpected snow, meaning that unless the weather is especially […]
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 23:30:53 +0000When it comes to modern clothes shops, Tokyo isn’t exactly lacking. But move away from the city’s busy hubs, and the branded stores and cool boutiques slowly make way for considerably older outlets. Places where fashion often plays second fiddle to price and functionality.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:30:50 +0000When the world is clearly in trouble, seeing it less clearly might make it look just that little bit kinder.
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 23:30:55 +0000He’s not the egg-man. Nor indeed is he the walrus. Instead, he’s the wonderfully silly, smartphone resistant, squid-man.