City and Places

Skyscrapers of Shinjuku with the HAL Building, a new Tokyo icon

Written by on August 6, 2009 in City and Places, Favorites, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Skyscrapers of Shinjuku with the HAL Building, a new Tokyo icon

The skyscrapers on the western side of Shinjuku Station are like a world within a world. They are a side of Japan that few ever see, because it really doesn’t exist except in a few carefully planned places.

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Hachiko Crossing in Shibuya at Night

Written by on May 19, 2008 in City and Places, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Hachiko Crossing in Shibuya at Night

[See the World at GlobalCompassion.com](http://www.japanwindow.com)

GlobalCompassion.com is a gallery of photography that “reveals life in people and cultures around the world.” One photographer is featured each week with 9 to 12 selected photos.

The gallery launched with a set of photos of Japanese people by [Masaru Goto](http://www.japanwindow.com/2008/05/19/masaru-goto/), an award winning Japanese photographer. He has done amazing work photographing people dying of AIDS and survivors of violence in Thailand. In these photos he opens up a side of Japan that few people ever see.

If you appreciate insightful photos of people and culture, then I think the gallery at GlobalCompassion.com will keep you coming back week after week.

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Walking Out Loud

Written by on February 25, 2007 in City and Places, Favorites, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Walking Out Loud

Another shot in the series… Sorry I’ve had so little to say. I’ve been so busy that I’m not sleeping enough. Hopefully that’ll change soon. Hope you like this one.

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Departing

Written by on February 23, 2007 in City and Places, Favorites, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Departing

This is back to the series I started previously. I’ve always liked this shot. The hand — at his back — seems to be pushing the man out into the world like a wife (or elderly mother) sending him out to be productive until he can’t go anymore.

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Playing

Written by on February 17, 2007 in City and Places, Favorites, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Playing

Thanks to everyone who nominated this blog for the Photobloggies. I was grateful to be nominated in the Japan group. This year they have included nine photoblogs from Japan, and several are incredible. I’m happy just to make the list. I was surprised to see Japan Window included with the “Photoblog of the Year” finalists. I’m sure that it’s because so many of you took the time to vote. Thanks very much!

Here’s another shot that I’ll include in the series (see the past 3 posts for more). People seem to respond well to this. The dust in the air plus backlighting and the evening angle of the sun made the moment.

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Listening

Written by on February 17, 2007 in City and Places, Favorites, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Listening

Thanks for the positive comments. This is another from the series I’m putting together. I’m still thinking through the theme. It’s about connection/disconnection, but it’s also about the characters. I’m excited to see a set of 12 photos come together. Today is number three with nine more to go.

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Salarymen Smoking Before Work

Written by on February 15, 2007 in City and Places, Favorites, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Salarymen Smoking Before Work

Here’s another shot I’ve reworked. These men had just gotten off the train in central Tokyo and paused outside the station for a smoke before heading to the office.

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Kozu, Train, and Graves

Written by on January 10, 2007 in City and Places with 0 Comments

Kozu, Train, and Graves

This is a shot looking down over my wife’s hometown. In Japanese we say, Jikka (literally the place where her parent’s live). One reason I took this shot is simply to show the place as I see it: a haphazard jumble of buildings in shades of concrete and steal. Actually, the place looks quite colorful from above thanks to the a scattering of orange roots and a green storefront. Most views from the sidewalk give a feeling like the color and life has dissipated like leaves fallen from a tree. It’s an old fishing town, and it really is struggling to find a way to thrive, or just survive.

There is wealth here — in the people, the history, and all that. And there’s money, I’m sure, though it doesn’t pass to the businesses that line (and used to line) the street. It’s a straight shot from here to Tokyo on the Tokaido Line, and some people who like to live by the sea.

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Train Coming Into The Station

Written by on January 9, 2007 in City and Places with 0 Comments

Train Coming Into The Station

I realized belatedly that I completely missed Seijin No Hi. That’s the day each year when twenty year old men and women celebrate their coming of age. Young women (whose families can afford it) wear a kimono, and they usually make their way to some public place to be seen (a shrine, a public ceremony, or a restaurant with their family). The guys simply put on a suit and tie which is basically what they wear for the better part of the rest of their lives. As far as photography goes, it’s more interesting to get the kimono pictures.

But this year I got no pictures. I hung out with my wife and kids, though, and I have no regrets. After awhile kimonos are like temples and shrines; I’d rather take photos of life as it is.

Hmmm, but I haven’t taken many photos recently…

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Tree and Skyline

Written by on January 3, 2007 in City and Places with 0 Comments

Tree and Skyline

Remember this tree? I like this shot too much to leave out.

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