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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

Monday Dreaming of Saturday

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The overcast chilly weather has soaked me to my bones.  I long for those beautiful blue skies of Saturday.

Bottle Gate Flower

Trying to be Square

I’m Going Back to Ichikawa, to Ichikawa

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Back to my afternoon stomping grounds of Ichikawa.  I had missed her over the summer as I spent most of my time in Tokyo.  It still amazes me that I can walk the same streets and still find something I haven’t seen before, or see something in a way of seeing that I hadn’t noticed.  It is definitely a challenge for my sensability as a photographer.

Vine Culture

Stepping Spider Cone

A Creature of Wood and Metal

All He Wants is to be Just Like his Big Brothers

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

All this poor guy wants in the whole entire world is to be like his older brothers.  He tries and he tries, yet somehow deep in his heart he knows that he will never quite fit in.  Its, “Ok, little cone” I say.  You don’t have to be like them.  All you have to do is to shine one and just be yourself.

He Just Wants to be Like his Older Brothers

There is More than One Way Home

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The sun was roasting at a high of 36 yesterday as I wondered back to my home.  We are promised that it was the last day of hot weather as this morning I awoke to cooling rain splattering on my window.

I had the time, so I chose another way home from the station.  I wanted to see what there was to be seen as the mercury still read 30 degrees at 4 in the afternoon.  All these souls living in such proximity to one another.  Literally the people live stacked on top of one another.  Japan, and Tokyo in particular, is a vertical society where the souls are layered like Lego blocks in perfected geometry.

Cubicle Living

Perfection in Electronics

Not So Quiet

Bullet Hole

Monday, December 28th, 2009

It is a rare sight to see a bullet hole in Japan.  Granted these were probably caused by a BB gun’s bullet, and not a black powder cartridge.  Still, the all too familiar concave exit hole told the Miamian in me what it was.  I wonder who and why it was done.

Stripes, Cone and a Bullet Hole

A Rare Bullet Hole

Analog Died a Little More Today

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Walking back to the station in Ichikawa, Chiba, my heart dropped down around my ankles today.  The Oaba Photo Studio is No More.  It was there a few months ago.  Yes, it was decaying, and empty, a hollow shell of what it most have been.  

The papers that lay in its window were faded from years of exposure.  But that is all gone now.  At this time huge canvas sheets protect the road from the debris from its destruction.  Several bright orange cones keep the viewers back.

Sigh, so yes, the Obara Photographic Studio will be missed.  Another piece of analog history dies.

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The Oaba Photographic Studio, 2008

Taken with the Fujipet 120 camera

 

Obara Studio is No More

The Oaba Photographic Studio Is No More, 2009

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