Beautification in Mimomi, Chiba, Japan

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Suburban Beautification Image Garden

Beautification takes many forms in Japan.  By definition beautification is the attempt to make something that is not beautiful more beautiful by altering the environment.  I come across these beautification projects on my wanderings though out Japan.

The two images in today’s post are from the bicycle parking attendant’s hut at Mimomi Station in Chiba.  It is really a bare bones kind of station.  Not much to be seen or make itself special in anyway.  It is obvious that the attendants take pride in their location and have tried to spruce up the grays with plants, posters, and reflectors.  All of these elements are the beautification of the simple bicycle parking.

My favorite is the laminated picture that has been adhered to the wall under an empty window.  It is a pleasant setting of somewhere in the countryside in Japan.  Autumn trees are blowing gently in the breeze.  It does seem ironic to gaze onto a concrete wall to have a picture of the countryside there.  But then again this is Japan, and anything, just about anything is possible.

Train Station Bicycle Garden


Under the Shimbashi

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Wedged in between Onarimon station and Shimbashi station lies a lovely plethora of backstreets, cafes, and drinking spots.  Some places it seems like time stands still, or that they have been forgotten by the people at large.  The wood breaks away from it’s frame, and the paint curls under the summer sun.  Soaking up the vibe and the sweat as I wandered back and forth from the two stations.

Image is Nothing or Everything

A Not so Little Teapot

Rusted Flower Shoji

Okinawa Under the Tracks

Filling the Gap

Buttons of Mt. Fuji and a Little Monocrome

Monday, June 7th, 2010

A slice of oddness from the wanderings on the edge of Tokyo today.

Another found image of Mt. Fuji.  I am starting to come to grips with the Japanese obsession with the dormant volcano.  A lost idol that no longer has it’s idolater.   A fraction of an image that only reveals its self in the past.

Found Mt. Fuji

Lost Idol

Fraction of It

When is a Red Line not a Red Line ?

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

When is a Red Line not a Red Line ?


When is a Red Line not a Red Line


It is a image word play.  The answer is when the Japanese character for

red is printed over a line that is black.  So pictorially the the image reads Red Line,

but it is actually black.  


Nice Bokeh?  Don’t you think?

Interconnectiveness of Seemingly Random Objects

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

The seemingly random nature of the Interconnectiveness of all things is not as random as it may appear.

Dripping water, flowing down a pillar at the station  creating the Rust, Water,and Abstraction

It Oozes Forth

filled with intentional scratching left behind, leads to the deliberate defacing of

a political poster.

Dot Your Eyes and Cross Your Nose

The Interconnectiveness of it all is summed up in this lonely lost pin, discretely placed, intently waiting to be claimed by its master.

WA Badge of Honor?  Lost and then Found


Is it all random?

Do we look for some tangents to be drawn between them?

I don’t know.  But I do know that by exploring the nature of image creation as a means of expression I will attempt to find it.

A Stroll Around Kiyosumi, Tokyo

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I started off my day with a special yoga class in the beautiful settings of a garden of Kiyosumi-Tien.  Feeling refreshed and anxious to roam the backstreets of the neighborhood, I headed off towards Monzen Nakacho Station.  Stopping along the way to snap what ever hit my fancy.

Maple Me Happy

Three Lil Cows


Bicycle, Umbrella, Sun Spots

Bright Idea, Take it Outside

Found Key in a Sea of Blue

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

This little kitty paw shaped key was lonely.

Waiting passively for the owner to return.

Whose key is it?  Will it ever be reunited with

its owner.

Found Key in a Sea of Blue

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