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Photographs from a small group of islands

Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:30:33 +0000


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

A west Tokyo woodcutter

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

The 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 […]

Break time in a gritty Tokyo alleyway

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:30:10 +0000

There 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.

An almost timeless Tokyo bar

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 23:30:43 +0000

A scene from the past with several clear hints at the present.

Tokyo’s tiniest office?

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 23:30:36 +0000

Inside 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.

The total misery of shopping in Tokyo?

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 23:30:30 +0000

Shopping is a genuine source of pleasure for many people in Tokyo, but for some it would appear to produce only despondency.

A retro Tokyo peep show entrance

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:30:15 +0000

Four 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, […]

A beautiful little Tokyo bar

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:30:12 +0000

Friendly 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 […]

Tokyo exuberance and effort

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:30:17 +0000

A glimpse of the young man this old man once was?

Tokyo 2017

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:30:15 +0000

Glamour in an old Tokyo shopping street

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:30:24 +0000

Looking 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.

A half-century-old Tokyo ramen restaurant

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:30:09 +0000

The 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.

Tokyo train station drunk

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:30:41 +0000

Some 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.

Uniform wearing Japanese nationalists at Yasukuni Shrine

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:30:09 +0000

With 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 […]

Old school Tokyo clothes shop

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 23:30:53 +0000

When 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.

The world through a plastic visor

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:30:50 +0000

When the world is clearly in trouble, seeing it less clearly might make it look just that little bit kinder.

Tokyo squid-man

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 23:30:55 +0000

He’s not the egg-man. Nor indeed is he the walrus. Instead, he’s the wonderfully silly, smartphone resistant, squid-man.