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Bob Sapp at Meiji Jingu on Seijin No Hi

Bob Sapp at Meiji Jingu on Seijin No Hi

Today was Seijin No Hi (Coming of Age Day). I headed to Meiji Jingu to take some photos. On Seijin No Hi, many twenty year old young women wear kimonos for the ceremony, and they typically go to a shrine or visit other public places. The result is a very good opportunity for photographers to capture a colorful, traditional side of Japan. But this year, I confess, I wasn’t that interested in kimonos. After some time wandering around Harajuku and feeling bored, I was glad for the distraction of Bob Sapp showing up. Judging by the movement of the crowd toward him, I wasn’t the only one.

Bob Sapp was a household name in Japan a few years ago — a K1 fighter and popular TV personality. I haven’t seen him on TV for awhile, but he did have a crew with cameras and handlers following him around.

I’ve heard before that he’s a “gentle giant,” and he seemed that way. He spoke softly, stopped to pose with fans, and hoisted up kids for happy parents.

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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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Japanese dancers at a matsuri in Tokyo, traditional meets modern culture

Written by on November 24, 2009 in Life, Culture, Events, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Japanese dancers at a matsuri in Tokyo, traditional meets modern culture

This was at a community matsuri a short walk from our home. My wife describes the dance as traditional movements with a very modern twist (rapid, exciting, almost “hip-hop” quality). I had a great time watching all the colors and smiling faces.

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Shop on Takeshiti Dori in Harajuku

Written by on October 17, 2009 in People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Shop on Takeshiti Dori in Harajuku

After all these years in Japan, Harajuku is still my favorite place in Tokyo. I don’t often go to the downtown area, but if I’m in the neighborhood on a weekend I try to stop by. There’s always something to see. Honestly, I don’t shop there, except for food. My favorite spots are Jyangara Ramen (the Kakuni ramen leaves you feeling slightly queasy from all the oil, but it’s so good), Kebab Box J (near Starbucks, very tasty and fun), and the okonomiyaki restaurant behind Design Festa Gallery (Google it for info).

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Beautiful

Written by on October 12, 2009 in People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Beautiful

A Japanese volunteer plays with a Cambodian girl as two other volunteers and a staff from the orphanage are watch. Today I posted a special message giving readers here the opportunity to contribute and make a difference for the children living at this orphanage. Giving is just a step toward getting connected in this small world that we live in. Become a supporter of this orphanage, start learning the stories there, and your life will be impacted! Post a comment if you have any questions and I will respond.

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Japanese boys racing at their school Sports Day

Japanese boys racing at their school Sports Day

Our kids had their annual Sports Day at school last weekend. The running events are the highlights for many kids and parents. Our kids had fun in their events and smiled all day, but some of their friends felt serious pressure to win. Sports Day is mostly set up to avoid that pressure. The kids race four at a time, so there is no “champion.” Of course, all the kids know who is the fastest in their class anyway. Still one of my daughter’s friends went out every day for two weeks and sprinted up a nearby hill. She confided to my daughter that her mother really wanted her to win. The things we do to our kids…

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Japanese Hip-Hop Dancers in Harajuku

Written by on August 22, 2009 in People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Japanese Hip-Hop Dancers in Harajuku

I stumbled into a big hip-hop dancing event/party in Yoyogi Park today. I’ve got tons of photos to share from the day, and I think I’ll post them here along with my other blog.

I think this is one of my best shots of the day. You can see how seriously they take the look. I’ll be posting video soon on my main blog (see link above), so you can see if the dancing measures up to the style.

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Sumo wrestlers walking outside Ueno Station

Written by on June 8, 2009 in People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Sumo wrestlers walking outside Ueno Station

Sometimes you run into sumo wrestlers in Tokyo. I’m terribly bad at recognizing celebrities, but when you run into a sumo you know it. Not that you’re likely to run into a famous sumo dude just walking around — at least, I haven’t.

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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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