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An old and incredibly ramshackle Tokyo shop

Walking towards the shop below, it seemed like the owner was loading his van for a delivery, and just as I got within a few metres, he drove off down the street leaving everything as it is in the photos. A temporarily unattended business that looks every bit like it was abandoned years ago.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


Tokyo Racecourse photographed in a very different time

The photograph below was taken just shy of 7 years ago — a day when 130,000 spectators squeezed into Tokyo Racecourse for the Japan Derby. Not that long ago really, and yet in the current climate it almost looks like another world. All those people, hardly any masks, and, pandemic comparisons aside, an almost complete absence of smartphones. 2014, it turns out, wasn’t half bad, and perhaps appropriately, the winner that year was One and Only.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Tokyo


An old school Tokyo bus stop trio

This time last year I did a short series on suburban bus stops and their sometimes comically eclectic seats. A set of photos that was deliberately devoid of people as the emptiness seemed to somehow suit the surroundings. The old Tokyo bus stop below, on the other hand, has always felt like it needed the right person, or indeed the right people, to really do it justice — something that had never quite happened until I fortuitously happened upon these three fellas last week. A trio who for me at...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


Tokyo architectural textures, colour and coordination

The older residents of older parts of Tokyo are generally what make such areas so interesting, but the similarly ageing architecture also plays its part, and when it comes to textures and colour, this garage most definitely takes some beating. A building so fantastic in fact that locals appear willing to colour coordinate accordingly.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


Akihabara in the relatively recent past

Tokyo’s Akihabara district got its Electric Town moniker in the post-war period when handmade radios and their components were sold, often illicitly, on the street. A surprisingly humble start for a place that became the capital’s go-to spot for all things electrical. Over the following decades the area stayed true to its name, but in the 1980s it began shifting more towards gaming, anime and otaku culture in general. A scene that Akihabara went on to fully, and very successfully embrace, maki...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo, Akihabara, Electric Town


Kimono reflections in a crumbling section of Tokyo’s subway system

This fantastically old and crumbling section of Tokyo’s subway system is a firm favourite of mine. It’s patched up beyond belief, there’s piping all over the place, and even if you don’t see them, you can hear rats running around behind the wall panels. Oh, and there’s that bit of protruding rock in the background too. A wonderfully unintended feature that was a key part of another kimono photo I took back in 2018. It’s here if you’d like to see it. Opting to try and incorporate the mirror rathe...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Culture, Tokyo


The look and looks of a little Tokyo bar over six years

These photographs were taken between 2014 and 2020. A period of time that has seen Tokyo undergo huge changes, and yet this bar at least looks exactly the same, with even the looks emanating from it remaining surprisingly consistent.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


The 2021 Tokyo Olympics Will Stream Live on Peacock Starting in July

After being delayed a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics are back on track to be held this summer. And every four years, viewers have to find out how to watch them. Things are more complicated this year, as a significantly smaller event is held while the pandemic is still ongoing. But with the abundance of streaming in addition to TV broadcasts, there are more ways to watch the Olympics than ever. And NBC, which broadcasts the Olympics in the U.S. every year, is...
Tags: Movies, Instagram, Nbc, Sports, Olympics, Tokyo, Nbc Sports, Team USA, Peacock, Netflix/Streaming Video, NBC Olympics, 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Jen Brown, NBC Olympics Peacock, Tokyo Gold Tokyo Gold, Tokyo Gold


Millennials reveal their 105 favorite brands, from Gucci to Amazon

Rich Fury/Getty Images Marketing firm Moosylvania surveyed 1,000 millennials to find their favorite brands. Amazon, Nike, and Amazon have topped the list for years. Brands associated with travel, including airlines, fell off the list in 2021. See more stories on Insider's business page. Millennials still can't get enough of Apple, Nike, and Amazon. Marketing agency Moosylvania has once again compiled its "Millennials' Top 100 Brands" based on a survey of 1,000 millennial consu...
Tags: Retail, Apple, Nike, eBay, Samsung, Jeep, Chevrolet, Ford, BMW, Mercedes, Tesla, Puma, Gucci, LG, Target, Kroger


Drama at the Tokyo Mask Protest

My new friend, the English speaking Youtuber,Abe-chan, was distracted by petty bullshit while trying to lead the march. So, how’s the protest going? Do you think you’re raising awareness about the PCR test and mask non- compliance? This whole thing is a clusterfuck. I can’t focus on this today. Yuusuke, the heartthrob of the Tokyo BLM/#StopAsianHate/ AntiMaskers/ StopTheSteal movement, posted on Twitter he was coming the Ikebukro march. So Rua, who’s kind of on the cusp of the Tokyo protest...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Instagram, Tokyo, Holden, Kawasaki, Rua, Ryu, Saitama, Ikebukuro, Keio, Kawaguchi, Raretreats, StopAsianHate, No Mask, Stopthepcrjapan


Tokyo whisky highs and lows

From January 8 to March 21, Tokyo was under its second state of emergency, which, just like the first one, pressed establishments serving alcohol into calling last orders at 7pm. It was a mostly observed request that resulted in less people going out drinking, and perhaps inevitably, more people just drinking early. Either way though, that freedom was missed, and the man below missed it so much that it rather ironically resulted in a temporarily enforced lockdown all his own making. A restric...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Tokyo ten years ago revisited

On Monday, I sadly had to write an update concerning my wife’s now terminal cancer. It was an incredibly difficult post to put together, but I’m so very glad I did, as the warmth and support in the comments that followed were absolutely lovely. Responses that we both appreciate enormously. Along with detailing my wife’s situation, I also mentioned that the time now devoted to care, and also simply being together, would inevitably mean a reduction of photographic updates from the usual three post...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Tokyo blossoms, beers and obliviousness

An urban hike to see the last of the cherry blossom is always a good idea, and for this Tokyo couple, the addition of a lunchtime beer apiece must have made the stroll even more pleasant. The only trouble was that the morning walk and midday drinks very visibly put paid to any further viewings.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


Vintage photo from my first trip to Tokyo (summer 1996): Pepsi-man fends off the evil Coke dealer...

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Tags: Photography, Anthropology, Tokyo, Pepsico, Vintage, Coke, Pepsi


A boldly masked Tokyo salaryman under the blossoms

Not your average mask, and clearly not your average Tokyo salaryman.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


The quiet calm of Tokyo shrine maidens

The hustle and bustle of Tokyo is often mesmerising, but every now and again, quiet moments are as essential as they are soothing.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Religion, Culture, Tokyo


A safety first Tokyo cherry blossom season

“PLEASE ENJOY THE CHERRY BLOSSOM.” “SENSIBLY!”
Tags: Travel, Photography, Culture, Tokyo


Tokyo shadows and a pandemic portrait of a portrait

With almost everyone in Tokyo wearing a mask almost everywhere, relative anonymity has now become the new norm. So for the feasible future, covered faces or the occasional photograph of a portrait will quite rightly have to suffice.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


Tokyo popcorn and retro video rentals

A little over a year ago, I posted this photo of an old and defunct Tokyo video shop. It’s still my favourite. How could it not be with that sign? Yet in what’s an admittedly very niche subject matter, there’s now a new(er) kid on the block. A smaller sign of course, but it still makes for a nice companion to its more substantial cousin.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


A Tokyo peace march of sorts

With only five members, the march, as it was rather boldly called, was a little on the optimistic side. Similarly, the half-hearted outfits consisting of some (mostly) white clothes and mismatched coloured sheets appeared to suggest that things weren’t quite what they seemed. There again, it was all about peace, so their hearts were definitely in the right place. No doubt about that at all. Plus, despite the dubious wardrobe decisions, they looked wonderfully incongruous on a modern Tokyo crossi...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


Faded Japan a few hours north of Tokyo

Japan’s vast train network means it’s easy to get to and from almost anywhere, and that’s especially true in and around the nation’s big cities. A system that is ideal for long walks, as no matter where you decide to get off, it’s almost always possible to make it to another station, allowing for plenty of options, detours and the chance to change destinations on the fly. It was such an approach that resulted in the photos below. We got a local train north of the capital, and then just meandere...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Tokyo


An old lady in old Tokyo leaving her old shuttered shop

Six and a half years ago I took this photo of an old lady peering out from under the half opened shutters of her long-closed Tokyo shop. It’s now a firm favourite of mine, and it was one of those wonderful moments when I happened to be in just the right place, at just the right time. Then, just the other day, a similar scene presented itself. A cart was involved on this occasion, and no eye contact, but there are lovely colours, a sign and a certain level of symmetry. For something a bit diff...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


10 years after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

From the distance of Tokyo, the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown now feel like a long time ago. Similarly, tomorrow’s 10 year anniversary seems especially significant. Massive rebuilding has been undertaken, train services are running again and more of the former exclusion zone is being re-opened. But again, that’s looking at it from the distance of Tokyo, where for most people, the only real problems during the horrors of that disaster were occasional power cuts and a shortage o...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo, Tohoku, Kesennuma


LA County seeks to expand anti-hate response network as incidents mount against Asian Americans

With hate crimes and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on the rise since the coronavirus outbreak kicked in a year ago, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis and a gathering of local officials urged an increase in funding to fight back against the trend. “In my district, a Chinese man was attacked at a bus stop in Rosemead and a temple in Little Tokyo was vandalized in the past several weeks,” Solis said during a Monday, March 8, online gathering calling for a more...
Tags: Asia, Politics, News, Instagram, California, La, White House, China, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Tokyo, Donald Trump, Lapd, Hate


Striking Tokyo light and looks

With the light in the spot below only like this at a certain time of year, and of course only on certain days, the temptation to keep returning is hard to resist. Then when I am there, there’s a similar temptation to wait for the next person of interest, then one more after that, and finally one last one — on loop. This early black and white shot remains my favourite, but I’m also happy with a couple of recent colour ones: this stylish young woman, and an older, bearded man. Plus now there’s th...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


An old Tokyo shopping street and shadows

A sunny walk up the street to the local shops. Then the walk back home a little later with all the day’s provisions.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


Tokyo lanterns and old style looks

Lanterns are always photogenic, and a confidently worn trilby is possibly even more appealing, so to get both in the same frame was pleasing to say the least.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Religion, Culture, Tokyo



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