Rainy, Abstracted Monday

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The rain, or should I say typhoon weather has hit Tokyo.  It has been no stop raining

since last night.  I wanted to go out for a wander, but the weather says otherwise.  I guess

I will head out tomorrow.

In the meantime.  I am feeling unrealistic, I am feeling distracted, a bit abstracted.

Protection

Walking Residue

Election Day, Tokyo Style

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

The elections in Japan are short and sweet compared to those from back in the US.

There was only a few weeks of heavy campaigning and the trucks driving around the hood

blaring the “VOTE FOR ME,” rhetoric.

The streets are busy, in the morning as people rush out to vote before the heavy rains to come.

I started to take a few steps back when the political posters were the subject.

These are the results.

If you are here, in Japan, go out and vote.

Last Ditch Effort

Window Watching

And then the Door Opened

Vacant Reflection

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Staring into an empty storefront in Akihabara the other day, it brought back memories

of a project I had worked on 15 years ago.  I became obsessed with photographing empty

store fronts.  Building that are looking for tenants in the suburbs and environs of Tampa Florida..

My life had come full circle, and becoming interested with shop fronts that are abandoned and in need

of life.

Vacant Reflection

Hard Circuits in Akihabara

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The electronic center of the universe is Akihabara in Tokyo.

Anything relating to the field or pursuit of electronics will be found.

The culture is evolving, as new restaurants open up and it has become a dating

destination.

I love the grimy back alleys, and closet sized shops.  Hawking all sorts of pieces of wire, capacitors, fuses, motherboards… the list goes on.

Star of Akihabara

Parts of Parts

Parts of Parts II

Light of Lights

Temporary

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Lashes fall from the eye, every drifting in the breeze.

Sometimes caught by the eye.  Trying to hold on to what it once had.

Flickering in the wind, drifting from the soul.

It is all temporary.  It will fade.

It's All Temporary

Shibamata: Wood and Grass

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Shibamata is home to the serial movie character of Tora san.

The elderly wandering salesman who traveled the width and breath of Japan.

It is now known as a good spot to see some old part of Tokyo.

Wandering Shibamata’s streets, riverside, and sidewalks on a perfect summer afternoon, I was

listening with my eyes to see what I can hear.  The cicadas were singing the kids were coming home

from their first day back at school, and I just wandered.

Wood, and Grass

Meditation Prayers, Shibamata

Touches of Time, Shibamata

Riverside, Shibamata

In the Footsteps of Tora-san, Shibamata

Here Comes Another Classic

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Here comes another classic in the shape of a vintage Olympus Pen EE S half frame camera.  Those of you

might remember from a few months ago I tried to liberate some dusty cameras from a store display in Ichikawa.  I wasn’t able to, but I found this Pen EE S at the camera show in Shinjuku on Friday.  Its a solid point and shoot camera that first appeared in the late 50′s and was widely used by the Japanese public.

These are the first images, shot mainly in and around Shinjuku and Okubo.

OH Love

Yellow Arrow

Golden Gai

Red Arrow

C Units

Zen and the Circle: Shinjuku

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

The circle is never ending.

A continuous loop that winds it way around.

There is no beginning there is no finish line.

There is only the circle.

Ku Love Eye

Infinite Zen Spiral

Number 0 Zen

No Longer a Tokyo Disney Virgin

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I have been living in Tokyo for um, about 10 years.  I can see Tokyo Disney land from my home.  I have watched endless streams of visitors step on and off at Mihama station to go there.  Yet, I have never been.

We decided that we should go, and see what there is to be seen.  And try to get more of a handle why so many are obsessed with everything Disney.

Mass of humans melting in the sun when we passed the gates at about 3:30pm.  The sun was beating down, the heat rising from under the rubber soles of our sneakers.  We headed into the jungle.

As I was flashing back to 19 years ago, the last time I went to a theme park, I was amazed at the way people just trooped about.  The artificial cleanliness of the park. Trash was constantly being picked up. Of course when I was a kid we ran like bandits all over the park(s).

I did enjoy my day. I was a bit overloaded with sensations, but I know thats why people go there.

Heat Flash Earth

Out of the Light

On the Go

Umbrella Day

Portrait of a Portrait of a Character with Two Ladies

Photo Spot

Photo Essay on COLORS website

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The wonderful folks at Fabrica that put out the dope magazine COLORS, are up to their elbows in teens.  Teens from around the world, and doing all things imaginable.  Check out the m2c lucid communication contribution.  It is a series of images from the Breakn Bread event at Youth Expressions hosted by Brimstone127.

http://lab.colorsmagazine.com/contributed/94-breakn-bread-b-boy-battle-miami-fl-usa

 

also, feel free to pass on the link, and if you like you can register and send your story or images

Ningyocho Reflections

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Ningyocho is one of the Shitamachi parts of Tokyo.  Shitamachi literally means “down town,” but I like

to translate it as an “old part of town.  There are shitamchis all over tokyo.  Even though they are slowly being rebuilt and gentrified.

As I walked the streets I was fascinated with the window.  The way the glass, old and new would reflect bits of reality in its self, and then into my lens.  A metaphysical melding of my photographic world with the world that surrounds me.

Look into the glass, and tell me what you see.

Refracted Gold

Lemon Cafe

Flesh Glass Star

Oodles of Bottles

Poster, Reflection Street

Brozers Burger

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I don’t usually blog about food, but this is an exception.

I have heard of this burger shop Brozers, in my quest to find the

best burger in Tokyo, so being in Ningyocho today I decided to check them out

and see how they compare to my favorite Firehouse.

I ordered a Cheeseburger that came with 2, yes only 2, onion rings, and fries.  The burger was delish.

A great bun, tender beef and a hint of BBQ sauce.

If you want to know more about burgers in Japan check this site http://www.hamburger.jp/

also this blog is from a Japanese burger lover.

http://w-ice.cocolog-nifty.com/blog2/

now for the burger

Broozer Burger

Sneak Peak From Y Sin Embargo Magazine #21

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Coming soon from the design minded peeps of Y Sin Embargo Magazine.

More images to come.

Those featured on the blog are part of the process I used to edit the series for the

publication in addition to some text.

http://ysinembargo.com/uebi/2009/08/17/a-pit-os-pit-and-energy-jacob-schere-yse-21/

Zushi, Closer than You Think

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Some of the backstreets of Zushi, you slip into another

world separate from the urbanites of Tokyo.

The cracked asphalt that has been weathered by the sea mist and the blazing sun.

Gate with Guardians

Wrapped in Chains

Beach House

Portait of a Wedding Portrait, Zushi

Pair od Happy Chairs

Zushi, Where the Beach is

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

I had the chance to hop on the train for about 90 minutes and hit the

beach side town of Zushi in Kanagawa.  I am not the biggest beach lover

in the world, but I did grow up in Miami, and there still is a special place

in my heart for the sand, surf, and shells.

Japanese beaches are nothing like back in Florida.  But the beach culture

was a trip.  Hope I can get back out again this season.

Aloha Zushi

Parasols and Lounges

Chillin Beach SIde

Beached Whale

Umm, What to Get

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