City and Places
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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…