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Photographs from a small group of islands

Last Build Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:35:21 +0000


Lunch in an old Tokyo alleyway?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:30:19 +0000

Big and shiny buildings may well be sprouting up all over town, but even on dark, damp afternoons, Tokyo’s narrow little alleyways remain considerably more compelling. * I’ve just been told that comments haven’t been working properly. Some being flagged as spam. Sorry about that. Tomorrow I’ll have the chance to look into it properly, […]

A bearded, schoolgirl uniform wearing Japanese man

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:30:00 +0000

Hideaki Kobayashi, or GrowHair as he is also known, has become a celebrity of sorts due to his love of wearing sailor suit schoolgirl uniforms. A man whose courage to hit the streets on his terms has to be applauded. Plaudits too for the city around him. There’s no judgement. No mean-spirited comments. Just enjoyment […]

An old bar owned by a former beauty queen

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:30:26 +0000

Now in her early 80s, this bar owner’s beauty queen days are little more than a distant memory, but the former Miss Fukushima is still far from ready to give up the profession that has ultimately consumed much more of her life. Owning and running the tiny place below for the past 52 years, she […]

Old style Tokyo shopper, and shopping

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 23:30:47 +0000

No Black Friday or Cyber Monday madness for this fella. Just a leisurely stroll with a suitably retro basket should he find something worth buying.

Japanese street fashion: A fella in a frock

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:30:53 +0000

Hours of walking can very often result in nothing photographically, but to be fair, Tokyo does tend to reward perseverance. And on this particular day, the wonderfully unexpected sight of a young fella doing his thing in a floral frock was ample recompense for the many kilometres covered.

Tokyo 24 hour paralytic people

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:30:51 +0000

In Tokyo, a night out can very easily roll round to the next day, but the need to sleep can just as effortlessly sneak up before night-time falls again.

A regal Tokyo lunch break?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:30:11 +0000

Tsukiji fish market isn’t exactly the nicest of places. The sprawling complex is busy, noisy, and rather befittingly it doesn’t exactly smell the best. Yet none of these factors appeared to affect this fella, as despite the surroundings and his run-of-the-mill lunch box, he still somehow managed to look almost regal.

A harsh look at poverty in Japan

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:30:17 +0000

Despite its gradual, post-bubble decline, Japan is still an affluent country. To suggest otherwise would be absurd. But at the same time, an increasing number of Japanese can only dream of being financially stable, let alone comfortable. The myth of everyone being middle-class has been well and truly debunked, and not just jobs for life, […]

Old style Tokyo ramen

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:30:27 +0000

Well, old style udon, soba and ramen. All of which — somewhat unusually perhaps — are served up daily on the grounds of a shrine. And not just any old shrine either, but the famous, or indeed infamous, Yasukuni Shrine.

Japanese National Socialist tattoo studio?

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 23:30:54 +0000

Last month, a popular Japanese girl band got into a spot of bother for their hugely inappropriate Nazi-inspired Halloween costumes. But for citizens who really want to show their passion for National Socialism, the SS tattoo studio would appear to be the perfect place to go.

Tokyo: which direction?

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:30:59 +0000

Books, a Tokyo car park, and a trilby

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 23:30:13 +0000

This temporary bookshop in a concrete surrounded Tokyo car park was interesting enough, but its distinctive, trilby-wearing customer easily bettered it. A man who almost looks like he could be out of a book, rather than someone merely about to read one.

Traditionally early Tokyo drinks

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:30:15 +0000

A tense, traditionally attired wait for opening time at Tokyo’s oldest western-style bar.

Steely Japanese looks

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:30:11 +0000

Tsukiji fish market looks like an incredibly tough place to work, so perhaps not surprisingly, the fellas who work there are suitably tough looking.

Old friends in an old Japanese restaurant

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 23:30:45 +0000

They definitely enjoyed the food. Presumably the short break too. But most of all, they simply enjoyed each other’s company.

Tokyo: Looking for the lost?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:30:27 +0000

A man wearing schoolgirl gym shorts in a Tokyo alley

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:30:51 +0000

Tokyo has a wonderful knack of conjuring up surprises, but that said, it’s probably fair to say that bumping into this friendly fella in his tight-fitting schoolgirl gym shorts was still a tad unexpected to say the least.

Old, faded and shuttered Tokyo

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:30:13 +0000

A sign of the times in more ways than one?

Vending machines in a cave

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:30:04 +0000

On hot, sunny days, caves with tables and chairs are lovely spots for a quiet little break. But for proper relaxation, it appears that soft drinks and cigarettes also need to be part of the equation.

Tokyo through rose-tinted spectacles?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:30:58 +0000