Last Build Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:30:50 +0000
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:30:50 +0000On a recent walk past what is now a massive building site, there was the bittersweet memory of some Audrey Hepburn urban art I once photographed there. The timing of which, at least light-wise, couldn’t have been better. So as a nice reminder, and a remix of sorts, here’s a new version. A scene that […]
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:30:13 +0000When it comes to helping overseas visitors, Tokyo has definitely made an effort over the years. Signs and announcements in foreign languages are now way more common than they once were, and similarly helpful menus can be found in an increasing number of restaurants. And yet at the same time, how much the capital really […]
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:30:57 +0000This one-room little workshop in an old part of Tokyo was founded just over 90 years ago. Producing handmade tatami (traditional Japanese flooring mats), it’s both a business and a part of the local community — opening, as it does, onto the area’s little shopping street. Going back to those early years, tatami was ubiquitous […]
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:30:41 +0000Most shop mannequins rarely warrant a second look, but the odd one or two quite inexplicably do.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:30:43 +0000Regardless of whether it’s hot or cold, fine or otherwise, this old Buddhist monk is almost always stood in the same spot. A display of patience and commitment that is nothing short of incredible. He diligently prays. Rarely seems to receive offerings. And when unintentionally provoked by an impolite foreigner, the displeasure he showed was […]
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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:30:28 +0000Western Village first opened its doors back in the early 1970s. Originally quite a modest affair known as Kinugawa Family Ranch, the Wild West theme park did well and gradually expanded, hence the name change. Yet despite such success, changing times resulted in changing fortunes, and in 2006 it was forced to close — meaning […]
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:30:13 +0000An underground tunnel, a long-abandoned bike and the sense of a story that’s always going to be out of reach.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:30:31 +0000Ten thirty on a Wednesday morning might seem a little early for cheap booze and chicken on a stick, but in a week when most people went back to work, the drinks may well have been medicinal rather than any attempt at merriment.
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:30:09 +0000Old and meticulously cared for bonsai are incredibly beautiful things. In our fast-moving, increasingly chaotic world, they are also objects of quiet, almost ethereal calm. Creations that elegantly take a stand against the prevailing desire for quick results or regular reinvention. Nurtured and cared for over centuries, the trees’ anonymous and often long gone custodians […]
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 23:30:14 +0000With the year rapidly drawing to a close, it’s time once again to look back over the last 12 months and pick out my favourite photographs. On so many levels, 2016 has been an absolute shocker, but personally at least it has been one to remember. It started out just like the previous year ended […]
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:30:02 +0000With the festive period fast approaching, I hope that wherever you are, and whatever you do, you enjoy some seasonal excess, the necessary recuperative rest and plenty of pleasant surprises. Merry Christmas!
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:30:59 +0000On a bright but cold December day, the comfort and quiet ambience of a traditional, family run Tokyo restaurant, really does take some beating.
Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:30:16 +0000A little romance, of sorts, on the streets of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s largest red light district.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 23:30:45 +0000Tokyo’s subway network is mostly modern and clean. As are the maze-like passageways and entrances its millions of passengers need to make their way through. The combination of which makes for an efficient, but at the same time far from interesting, experience. In quiet corners, however, some character can be found. Like this set of […]
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Sun, 11 Dec 2016 23:30:30 +0000Despite its sometimes maddening quest for modernity, Tokyo does still retain a decent amount of old, fairly untouched places. Even then, however, there are usually plenty of giveaway signs that it’s most definitely the present, and not some undetermined time in the past. But now and again a scene does appear that arguably wouldn’t have […]
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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:30:19 +0000Studying form at a racecourse in Tokyo, this young man was sat all by himself, and yet at the same time he was also in the very visible presence of a long line of gamblers who have placed bets before him.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:30:52 +0000Tucked away down a quiet little side street, this man was working away on a Sunday. Presumably just like he has done on countless other traditional days off. But that didn’t seem to bother him in the slightest. And fortunately neither did a foreigner poking his head through the window to take a photograph.