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Everyday Tokyo


This is my hundredth post on Japan, thus bringing this series to an end, at least until I can return to build a larger image stock. I am, however, intending to finish the year with a couple of posts based on specific individual images to ease my withdrawal symptoms. The images I have shared over this journey were taken during two separate six-week visits during the Japanese Autumn and Spring seasons, with the approach evolving as I went. From my perspective I have enjoyed the experience, which allowed me to stay in touch with Japan and to gain enhanced knowledge through comments made on photographs from time to time.

Whilst this is really a low-key finale I thought it fitting to finish with a few street shots of everyday life from the world’s most populated metropolis. The opening image (pic 1) was clearly shot in the Ginza where upmarket brands compete for attention and seem to be regarded as commonplace by local Tokyoites. Of course, I’m sure the subliminal messaging is still working. From the Ginza to the older Tokyo vibe of Asakusa (pic 2) is a big change, but kids are kids and I thought the teacher (my assumption) setting-up for a group shot to remember the outing was quite universal in its nature.

Pics 3 and 4 taken on a Sunday visit to Ueno Park are reminders of the contrasts to be found in all societies. Whilst the bike-riding drummer (pic 3) attracted a crowd, almost directly across the pathway was the homeless person (pic 4) alone with her thoughts. During my times in Tokyo I visited Ebisu often for the convenience of shopping (pic 5), as well as being a frequent visitor to Tokyo’s wonderful Museum of Photography (pic 6).

I’ve included three shots from Hibiya (pics 7 to 9) as I believe the area highlights two commendable characteristics of Tokyo life. For an area that in many other cities around the world might tend towards seediness, the pictures demonstrate the typical cleanliness of the streets and the high level of public safety.

This brings me to the final shot taken in Roppongi. Compared to the ordered chaos of the famous Shibuya crossing, the street crossing in Roppongi (pic 10) is humdrum. Nevertheless, I found it an interesting example of proxemic behaviour where those waiting to cross have each taken up positions that maximises their personal space. The classic example of such behaviour is most easily observed in elevators. Be observant next time you ride a lift.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog, with an especial thanks to those who have been regular visitors since the early stages of this series.

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Author: johnliddlephotography

Photography reflects how I see the world around me. I respond to images that interest me, which can be anything ... people, places, colour, texture ... anything at all. By sharing my photos through this blog I know that viewers will see based on their life experiences. That is the wonder of photography ... one image ... many interpretations.

4 thoughts on “Everyday Tokyo

  1. Hi John,

    Congratulations on your achievement, it was certainly a most informative & enjoyable series.

    I’m not too far behind you with my Missives almost at 100 mark, think will keep going, much depending on how much material keeps surfacing. Though with elections here slated to occur in February will be interesting to see how Thailand evolves back into a so called “Democratic Gov’t”.. It’s not a 100% bet it will come off & what will be the result…

    Last month finished writing my family history after 4 on/off years & last 2 yrs fairly intensive writing. Now find have a bit of void, sort of looking at what can do now??? No doubt you will go thru a similar dilemma..

    Take care.

  2. Thanks Ray,
    As with your Missives I’ll keep going as well, but will take a bit of time over the holidays to think about the subject matter. With the state of Melbourne at the moment I’d have no trouble knocking over 100 posts on building sites disrupting public life, but that would be self inflicted punishment. Glad to hear your Missives will continue.

  3. Congratulations on getting to 100 posts! To me it’s amazing to find so many topics on a single country, with pictures gathered from only 2 visits! I have equally enjoyed the pictures and the stories behind them.
    Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Looking forward to more posts!

    • Thanks Raveca,
      It has been a pleasure to share these photos and stories, as well as a learning experience. I have appreciated your insightful comments about Japan, but now it is time to move on to other subjects. My best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year.

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