Decaying Helvetica: TSUDANUMA

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

I came across this lovely bit of decaying Japanese Helvetica text at Tsudanuma station on Friday.  At first glance I thought it was some attempt at scratching some text onto a pole, but once I really looked I discovered that the apparent scratches were in fact decaying bits of text that spell out the the station name phonetically in the hiragana alphabet.

Fonts, the art of how we communicate with written language are beautiful study in their own simplicity.

つ だ ぬ ま Tsu Da Nu Ma 津田沼

Tsu as in TSUdanumna

Da as in tsuDAnuma

Nu as in tsudaNUma

Ma as in tsudanuMA

Exercising the Lens on Sunday

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Sunday was a bit of a hectic day, but I got a little bit of a chance to go out and shoot on my way to and from some engagements.  Japan is in the middle of the annual long holiday Golden Week, so the city is a on the empty side.  All the city folk go out to the country and all the country folk come into Tokyo.

Looking closely at some items in and around the station of Kasai.  Enjoy the day off, seek out your personal journey.

Three Blind Mice

Scribble, Scribble, Slash

Yesca Scratched Tag

Bubble Gum Head

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