A Pre New Year’s Eve Slumber Party

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Oh Jay, Big Mama, and Loko all deceided to have a wee nap so that they could stay up all day and night on the 31st.  Lined up, thinking about the next meal.  They are thinking where is the warmest place that i can catch some z’s.  It can be quite complicated, but then again what do we really know we are just humans, and they are just cats.

Oh Jay, Big Mama and Loko Pre New Year's Eve Hug

Somewhere Between Shinagawa and Ginza

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I am not sure exactly where these were taken the other day. The reason being that I urban hiked on the pavement between Shinagawa and Ginza.  Getting lost a bit on the way.  Getting lost in Tokyo is never that bad, because no matter how lost you get you are never really that far from a subway station.

I really dig these two images.  They are complete constructions.  Built brick by brick and tile by tile to form a fully constructed lucid communication view of my adopted home of Tokyo.







Green Tiled International Reflection

Glass Brick Wall, Potted Plants, Concrete Step and Red Tiles

By the Docks, Shinagawa

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

I needed to head to Shinagawa to renew my visa today.  If you think the bureaucracy in the states is bad, it is nothing compared to the Japanese. Well at least they are usually polite, usually.  After I was done I took a stroll, or I should say a bit of an urban hike from the waterside of Shinagawa all the way to the luxury brand infused stores of Ginza.

To many pictures to choose for a day, so I will just post a few from the waterside, heartland of industry, freight and the out of the way immigration office.

74 8104 with Two Mailboxes and a Clear Umbrella

Industry Dockside Cuts

Planting Weeds

It is Just the Tozai Line and a Square

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Caught in the long hallway between Otemachi station and Tokyo Station.  A lovely little corner of hidden gorgeous abstraction.  It is all about the east to the west!

Subway Tozai Line and Square

Brimstone127 in the Round

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

It has been a while since I have been in my painting studio.  Things have just been kind of crazy, and I haven’t had the time or the purse inspiration to work on some collages; however, this all changed last night.  I got the vibe to go into my studio and work on something.  I had no idea what I was going to make, but I knew I had to make something.  I dusted off my cans, and paint bottles, and got to work.

I am thankful for the chance and the inspiration to get my hands dirty.

Brimstone127 Contemplating

Dreaming of Rugelach and Seeded Rye Bread

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

I am not sure if it is the time of year, or if it is just the fact that I miss ole NYC that my thoughts are drifting to that little oasis on 2nd Ave, of Moishe’s Bakery.  The smells that fell your nose and swirl around your mind as soon as you step in the door.  A place where you can still get load of rye for 2 dollars and some change.  A wonderful place that is so full of gastromtric memories.

Moishes NYC, Jewish Bakery

Keyed in Ichikawa

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Rain was splattering away for most of the night and into the afternoon.  Luckily as I headed back to the station the sun was struggling to poke out from behind the clouds.  It didn’t show us that yellow light for very long, but I was thankful that it wasn’t raining.

We all need to search and find the key to our happiness, and be thankful once we found it.  And once we find what we are suppose to be doing, we must pursue it with our whole heart.


Keyed in Ichikawa

Tokyo Forrest Revisited

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

On my way to meet up with some mates I passes by a poster I have seen many times.  I first photographed it about 2 years ago.  I couldn’t pass up the chance to revisit this image.  It is wedged in between Otemachi and Tokyo station.  There along this old stretch of corridor there hangs a lovely urban forrest.  A constant  reminder to me of the disconnect that we feel living among the concrete, iron and neon of Tokyo.  There is sits on the wall, slowly yellowing, with its leaves never shedding.

Tokyo Forrest Revisited

the revisit

Tokyo Station Forrest

the original from November, 2008

Gardens and Winks

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

A garden in the simplest of ways.

A window winked at me on my way home.

Striped Wink

Izakaya Garden

I Speak with my Eyes

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This image is a constant reminder to me how much I rely on my sight to be able to voice myself as an artist.  I will be without a voice if I ever should suddenly be unable to see.  I want to be able to us the gifts that have been given to me.

I Speak with my eyes.

Lost, Can't See

The Tipping is on the Wall

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

There is was.  Just hanging silently on the wall.  It’s clear plastic body against the cold hued concrete.  Let us just call it my thermometer.  The tip was filled with a measure of water as if gauging the weather.  Quietly, perched, watching and observing me with my camera.

Tipped Wall

Red All Over

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

As many of my friends throughout the world snuggle up next to the fire as the snow falls to the street, we here in Tokyo are in full blown autumn.  It seemed to arrive a little bit late this year, after all we are already into December.  There is that lovely transitional period that happens twice a year, in the spring and in the autumn.  The colors just illuminate the concrete and the corrugated metal, if only for a few weeks.

Breathe in the clean autumn air, and let those colors soak into your soul.

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, and then repeat.

Wall or Changing Disguise

Linear Natural Reflection Urban

Double Posting

Crystal Balls, Lots of Them

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The trick is is wether or not these spheres can see their owner coming back to claim them.

Crystal Ball on a String

Office to Go, on the Tracks

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Came across this ghost train parked at Shin Urayasu station the other day.  It was full of nothingness.  Each car was a meeting room, that were filled with olive seats, tin ashtrays and wooden hangers.  Such an odd site.  I wonder who rides this train, and can it be rented for a Bonenkai (End of the Year Party)?

Office to Go, on the Tracks

Twilight in Minami Gyotoku

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

The sun was setting fast.  The wind was whipping up as I made my way around Minami Gyotoku in Chiba prefecture.

Arch Sliding Door

Tall Little Wall

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