And so, I’m officially back in Japan! Well, blog-wise only of course. My body is in boring Singapore and I use this blog to take me to where I want to be in spirit.
And let me bring you guys there too – through the products of my street photography, featuring the people of Japan!
But oh, my photos are dead lousy so pardon me. I was using a very old Olympus point-and-shoot see, and it’s rated one of the worst on CNET. And even among the terrible cameras, this one is the king, and by that I mean it’s the worst, not best, of the worst.
And on top of that, I’m a rookie photograher too.
And oh, all these were taken at a time when I didn’t approach others for permission. I swear I’m not being voyeur; I was just shy. I just wanted to capture the culture and everyday life in Japan and I believe people photos are the best way to accomplish this.
So now that I hopefully have your understanding (and sympathy LOL), let it roll.
Young and Trendy Harajuku
Let’s fast forward to the modern stuff shall we, cos this is where all the excitement lies! Well it’s actually because my Geisha pic is the only traditional shot worth showing…
He’s promoting an outlet but with his lively charisma he certainly can promote himself too!
(Above) Not everyone in Harajuku has good fashion sense – for example, the people in these pictures and ragged ol’ me who snapped them.
Left: a rather senior lady attempts to look young. Her clothes don’t match her but well at least she tried.
Right: these two were the only girls I saw who didn’t wear makeup. I’m tempted to think that they’re foreigners: ask any Japanese woman; in general they wouldn’t dare go out without touching up.
(Above, Left) Fashion faux pas by the guys too! But this is from the viewpoint of my own unfashionable standards…
(Right) Now these guys looks better IMO! Especially the one on the right!
Scenic, Romantic Hakone
Natural scenery and romance make a good couple; they really go hand in hand.
Of Trains and Stations
Trains are the perfect place to capture the locals’ daily lives but it’s difficult to do so nonetheless. I mean, it has to be a discreet job. So I apologise for the lack of quality in some of the photos below. Being discreet means holding the iPhone at weird angles -_-
The male white-collar professionals in the train photo above are called ‘sarariman’ in Japanese which is a direct translation of ‘salaried men’. This in turn has morphed the original English phrase somewhat and we now say it as ‘salarymen’.
And that’s all folks! Stay tuned as I get my gear fully revved in Japan mode and whip out more entries on this amazing country!