Posts tagged "street photography"
Tateishi

Tateishi

My first experience of Tateishi (立石) was with my then three-year-old daughter Mei permanently attached to one of my hands. We were accompanying my wife on a week long business trip. My job was to keep this small person fed, hydrated and entertained during the daytime. Fortunately, in Tokyo there is no shortage of choices...
Shitamachi Walk

Shitamachi Walk

When I visit Japan for neighborhood studies, I tend to set very specific location boundaries, time limits and objectives. I don’t have many opportunities to do this, so I try to maximize use of the time, though it means I inevitably miss out on spontaneous discoveries and the therapeutic value of wandering around with no...
Arakicho

Arakicho

Based on the handful of written accounts I’ve come across, it seems there are two Arakichō (荒木町). By day, mostly low-rise, generally older housing and a healthy layer of plant matter carpet this ravine carved out of the highland between Akebonobashi Station and Yotsuya-sanchōme Station in Shinjuku Ward. An unhurried but methodical walk through its...
Journey to the North

Journey to the North

Travelogue pieces aren’t really my thing. Though I’m often photographing and writing about places where I do not live, the focus of my articles and photo essays has generally been on urban design, civic engagement and community culture. To the extent possible, I try to draw out details that would be most relevant to people...
Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 3

Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 3

As with the preceding walk through the Musashikoyama Palm Shōtengai, this return visit to the Togoshi Ginza Shōtengai (戸越銀座商店街) was an unplanned addition to this volume of The Tokyo Project. Because they’re so close to each other, I’ve always put Palm and Togoshi Ginza together as a pair. The balmy summer evening has brought everyone...
Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 3

Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 3

This post wasn’t supposed to be a post. I had taken photowalks of the Musashikoyama Palm Shōtengai (武蔵小山商店街パルム) in 2012 (Palm Shotengai in Musashikoyama) and 2013 (Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 2). In 2014 August, on one of the last days in Tokyo of our first trip to Japan as a family of three, I brought...
Jujo Fujimi Ginza Shotengai

Jujo Fujimi Ginza Shotengai

Jūjō Fujimi Ginza Shōtengai (十条富士見銀座商店街) is a quiet, 190 meter open air shopping street that picks up the residual foot traffic spilling out of the north end of much larger Jūjō Ginza Shōtengai, passing through residential Jūjō Nakahara 2-chōme and ending at arterial Kannana-dōri in Kita Ward. This visit was the coda to a day...
Jujo Ginza Shotengai

Jujo Ginza Shotengai

Jūjō Ginza Shōtengai (十条銀座商店街) is a serpentine, covered shopping street that begins at Jūjō Station and runs north, parallel to the JR Saikyō Line in Kita Ward. The main arcade is approximately 380 meters, but connected side streets, both covered and open air, create a large, branching tree of walkable space that is home to...
Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium

Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium

After living vicariously through friends’ tweets and blog posts during the 2015 Spring broadcast, in 2015 October I was finally able to make my own pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Kyoto Animation’s Hibike! Euphonium (響け!ユーフォニアム). I study this kind of pop culture tourism—called seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 holy land pilgrimage) by casual participants, or butaitanbou (舞台探訪...
Pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa for Musaigen no Phantom World

Pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa for Musaigen no Phantom World

In 2016 February, I was in Japan on holiday with my daughter Mei. We spent one day on a trip down to Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture to meet up with friends and explore some of the real locations used as reference models for the setting of currently airing Kyoto Animation series Musaigen no Phantom...
Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 3

Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 3

Over the past three years, I’ve researched, photographed and written extensively about the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街) in Kyoto and its fictional alter ego, the Usagiyama Shōtengai from the Kyoto Animation series Tamako Market and film Tamako Love Story. I’ve used the real shopping arcade to explain urbanism and machizukuri (街づくり town making) concepts, and...
Hongkou Zhabei Walk

Hongkou Zhabei Walk

This past October during China’s “golden week”, the mandated national holiday that annually floods every tourist site several times over capacity and brings transit arteries to a crashing halt, my family and I did what we usually do, stay close to home and enjoy the quiet. When we want to go out, we look for...