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Tokyo ramen restaurant stares

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:30:19 +0000

Waiting for lunch while also offering withering looks.

The silence of an abandoned Japanese village

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:30:54 +0000

Abandoned buildings have the ability to conjure up a whole host of sensations. Some are terribly sad. Others can be genuinely nice places to spend some time in. But one thing they all have in common is their silence. A lack of sound that can actually be a little unsettling at times, especially so after […]

Tokyo: A daily struggle

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:30:21 +0000

Each day is clearly a struggle, but it’s also equally clear that the resultant challenges are very stoically taken on.

Little Tokyo bar looks

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:30:02 +0000

A face that is arguably as full of questions as the bar is customers.

Tokyo tourist trap?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:30:18 +0000

An old Tokyo bar and its similarly aged owner

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:30:59 +0000

Tokyo is almost constantly in flux. Buildings go up and down, businesses change and the gentrification of so much of the city is utterly relentless. Mercifully, however, the more Tokyo changes, the more little pockets of it somehow remain just the same. Like this traditional old bar not far from the capital’s more central hubs. […]

Angry cleaning on the streets of Tokyo?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:30:35 +0000

Some scenes, sometimes, simply don’t make much sense.

Simple Tokyo street food

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:30:12 +0000

Simple food, prepared in a simple structure, at the side of an old shopping street.

Tokyo youth culture, to corporate culture?

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 23:30:53 +0000

Tokyo disappointment or utter despondency?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:30:06 +0000

When one door closes, it’s sadly not a given that another one will suddenly open.

A beautiful and peaceful abandoned post office

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 23:30:13 +0000

Some haikyo (abandoned buildings) are without a doubt incredibly sad, preserving, as they often do, a very personal document of a total stranger’s life. At the same time, others can be genuinely disturbing, due to the mutilated and decaying recreations of life that have been left behind. But now and again it is possible to […]

A cool, serious-looking Japanese salaryman

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:30:29 +0000

The image of Japanese salarymen generally isn’t a good one. A mere glance at the internet throws up countless stories of monstrous overtime, not to mention all the photos of them drunk and disheveled after similarly excessive over-drinking. But regardless of whether the fella below overindulges at the office, or indeed in the bar afterwards, […]

An old drinker in an old Tokyo bar

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:30:12 +0000

This old fella is probably just as fond of drinking in this bar, as I am of photographing it. And as far as decisions go, I’d say we both made pretty decent ones.

A cherry blossom wedding selfie

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:30:43 +0000

With the cherry blossom now visible, it would seem this year’s flower-based photo frenzy has well and truly begun.

A traditional Tokyo rice cracker shop

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:30:06 +0000

Seeing rice crackers made using time-honoured techniques, in suitably traditional settings, is nice to say the least. Better still, however, is the aroma, as despite their simplicity, the resultant snacks smell absolutely sensational.

A shadowy Tokyo smoker

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:30:03 +0000

Now no longer the smokers’ paradise it once was, Japan’s cigarette lovers are slowly but surely being ushered into the shadows.

The sadness of a small, abandoned Japanese house

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:30:33 +0000

Hemmed 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 […]

An old, very traditional Tokyo fish shop

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:30:31 +0000

Many 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 […]

The tranquility of a rural Japanese train

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:30:42 +0000

The 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. […]

Tokyo subway souls

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:30:24 +0000