Zoshigaya, Other Side of Ikebukuro

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Wisteria (フジ属) Zoshigaya Home


There is a huge swath of Tokyo that lays unexplored to me, and in some ways might as well be on another island.  It is Ikebukuro and its surrounding neighborhoods.  Ikebukuro is one of the urban hubs of Tokyo but it lays far from my home and I have only scratched the surface or this neighborhood.

I met up with an old mate for lunch at a kaiten sushi restaurant.  It was only a few blocks from the the Ikebukuro labyrinth.  The lunch itself wasn’t anything out of the ordinary but the conversation with my mate had me in stitches.

After lunch we made our way back to his old 2-story Showa era apartment.  We cut a cross a large cemetery to get there.  I was quite surprised to find that the area was quite old and there were some beautiful Showa style homes in the area.  Lots of small gated homes and apartment buildings that only were two stories in height.

It is an area I need to explore more.  It just proves my point that even after so many years here in Tokyo, I still feel like I only know bits and pieces of the city.  The more I know, the more I realize I actually don’t know.

Double Mailbox with Shrubbery and Bicycle

Red, Window, Community Board and a Hose

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

From my journey the other day.

All the bits and pieces needed to be found on the side of a house.

Widow, Community Board, Hose

Up and Back on a Friday

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Stepping back and letting the surroundings soak it up in the lens.  Then there are the times I want to step forward and get so close that nothing else is to be seen.  The combination of the two is a perfect expression for me.

So, sit back and enjoy.  Step forward and look deeply. How ever you choose to look, let those visions fill your vision.

Piped at the Train Office

Roof of It

Hooked on Fences

Hooked on Fences

Under Overcast Skies

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

It has been threatening to rain all day today.  The skies remained grey and full of the temptation to let forth and dump water upon the land, but the rain has yet to fall.  The air is cool with a hint of humidity.  The skies left no shadows on the ground.  All the colors were true to themselves.  The cool hues of the concrete, the muted rust interplaying with it’s blue brothers.  All beauty, all the time.

Just another day in the city.

Watching the colors, the doors, all interacting with one another.

Just another day in Tokyo, or I should say Chiba.

What Happened to My Reflection?

Cracked Corner Nail

Hooked and Signed

Disjunctive Pole

Monday, May 24th, 2010

It never ends. The search goes on and on.  Every time we think we reach the end of one goal, another will take its place.

Searching the world for our voice is a continual struggle.  Never being completely satisfied.  Always wanting to do more, to say more, or to push it one step beyond.

Explore our world!

Disjuncted Line

Shimmering with Green Line and Patch

Forgotten Hanger and Sobu Line

Oxidized Moon a Rising

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

The oxidized moon rose early this afternoon.  It must have been about 3 in the afternoon, when I caught a glimpse of the metal flaking into my lens.  That beautiful moon, that should only come out in those quickly shortening days of autumn, was out and about.  Quickly dropping behind the horizon line.

Oxidized into Abstraction

JR is on the Up and Up

Southern Rose Street

A Knob, and a Rusty Tag

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The weather headed back into the chills today.  The mercury dropped again, the wind and the rain returned with a vengeance.  Now sitting cozily in my room, sorting though some pics, I came across a few little images to bring joy into my life, while I await this spring that is suppose to be here.

Fish Door Knob Window

No or On

Rusty Tag, Noze

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

Sunny Side of Ichikawa

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Sun was beaming down and sizzling the concrete today as I

strolled back to the station.  The morning started off cool enough.  It didn’t last

long, it is July, you know?  The heat of the day sometimes bleaches the colors into

a nothingness, but I strive to find the colors in the City.

P.S. There is a cheeky self portrait in this batch.


Aki Stripes

Tarpaper, Tape and Weeds

Inverted View, Self Portrait with Shoe

Purple and Rusty

Monday, July 6th, 2009

A poster faded to a lovely shade of purple.

and a rusty encrusted screw, found on the streets

of Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan.

Puple Dot Glasses

Rust Juts Out

A Stroll Around Ichikawa, Chiba

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Lovely warm summer day, luckily not too hot, yet.

So as I set off for Ichikawa station, I turned right, where I usually turned

left and discovered a cool old part of town, or as the Japanese say “下町”

Lots of beautiful old buildings.  You know the kind, don’t you?  The kind of building

thats been around so long the patina just pulls you on in.  The combinations of wood, copper, and rust.

I am a sucker for it all.

Na, Na, Na 18

Drop, Drop, Drop

Nail One, or One Nail

Composition in Blue with an Orange MinorChecker Check

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