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Twins portrait for Shichigosan

Twins portrait for Shichigosan (7-5-3)

Shichigosan (7-5-3) refers to certain ages when you stop and celebrate children. When girls turn 3 and 7, they dress up in kimonos and have their photos taken (and many visit a shrine, but we didn’t do that). Our girls had portraits done in a studio, but the owner is kind enough to allow parents to take their own shots during the breaks. I love this photo of the twins together. You can see more on my other blog at [Photosensibility.com](http://www.photosensibility.com/2009/11/20/shichigosan/).

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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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Young Japanese Women in a Traditional Costume for a Festival Parade

Young Japanese Women in a Traditional Costume for a Festival Parade

I took this a Hojo Godai Matsuri in Odawara earlier this month.

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Spring in Japan

Bass in the Woods

Written by on June 2, 2008 in Favorites, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Bass in the Woods

The bass player from Napolitan Cafe Orchestra practicing in Inokashira Park near Kichijouji Station in Tokyo.

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Escape

Written by on March 25, 2007 in Favorites, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Escape

This is one of my favorite photos that I’ve taken for awhile. I liked the coke machine and light at the bottom of the stairs. While I was standing there this couple showed up and gave the shot a mysterious flavor. I don’t know why they took off running as they rounded the corner.

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Sunday Family Photo, Mari

Written by on March 11, 2007 in Favorites, My Family, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Sunday Family Photo, Mari

Mari in a very dirty chair under blossoming plum trees…

We had a great afternoon. A couple from the preschool offered to watch our kids for a couple of hours, so Hitomi and I went to Tama Center (Minami Osawa). We ate Italian food then sat in Starbucks for awhile. Very nice. Before moving last year we had a friend who would babysit for us once a week, but we haven’t had such a person nearby since then. The concept of “babysitting” (having someone watch your kids while you go out) is not common in Japan, and it would be awkward to even suggest it unless you know someone pretty well. In this case, my wife had offered to trade babysitting with another couple weekly. As it turned out, we traded once each. Now they are withdrawing their little girl from the preschool, so it’s unlikely we’ll see much more of them from here on. It’s really too bad.

On a “happy” note, I’ve decided that I’m used to Japanese style Italian food and even able to enjoy it without comparing it to American-style Italian food. I used to think that Japanese style sauce tasted a bit like Heinz spagetti-o sauce — too strong of a tomato flavor.… Keep Reading

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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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Shadow Play

Written by on February 21, 2007 in Black and White, Details, Favorites, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Shadow Play

I decided to take a break from the series of shots I’ve been showing and post something new. I took this a couple of days ago at the park. I was focusing on the curving boardwalk when the shadow of a child (I think one of mine) entered and made the shot.

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