I heard this comment many a time while in Japan. Food is not only a taste sensation, but also a visual treat. Firstly, one is not served a plate or bowl full of food. The Eat All You Can trend that has hit Western countries would be anathema to a Japanese. Instead, food is served in small dishes, usually ceramic and the colours of the glaze, plus the subtle designs match or complement the food served. The meal is also an aesthetic treat, visually pleasing and not just for the taste buds. Even the process of preparing takeaway is a serious and artistic business.
In this photo you see a young lady working in the restaurant featured in my previous shot. She is wrapping food that will be picked up by customers who have ordered various dishes. The paper tends to be expensive and subtly patterned, so even before the customers see the food, they are treated visually by the packaging. Satomi, my friend in Tokyo, is quite annoyed by the waste in paper (for wrapping)and wood (for delicate container boxes.)
No tripod, no flash, just luck on my side. I wanted to capture the warm light of the interior.
My next photo will not be of a person.
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Skimjack (219) 2009-11-28 6:39
So classical Japan style.
kschanna (6) 2009-11-29 1:31
Draw the breath in, elbows close to the chest and *click*. Brilliant result and you caught the warm light just right.
Love your note.
Thanks for sharing
Dyerco (10185) 2009-11-29 9:18
A nice slice of life shot of this same lady making her excellent preparations. It is a clear case of tradition vs ecology and a lot of tradition is coming under fire these days. Nicely done.
macondo (18623) 2009-11-30 3:56
I just realised that this must be your 400th photo on TE. Which must make you the most self-effacing member of them all! Muted congratulations on your longevity! Again, a very impressive exposure in the artificial light, hand-held. Amazing clarity. The young lady looks as though she is carrying out her task with great care and concentration; no wonder the food is an aesthetic treat, as you say. Good note to accompany a well realised daily life shot.
thaprem (2554) 2009-12-02 6:53
I have had so many dinner outside in Japan and never once did I ask my self this question!... Your insight has been wonderful in unearthing another of the Japanese culture so well.
cagla (4182) 2009-12-14 13:24
Merhaba Klaudio. This is my favorite until now. Maybe because I like the friendly look on her face in your previous shot, and now the serious expression while trying to make her job in a best way. I know there are more interesting and attractive shots coming but this one gives the signs of a wonderful travelogue, starting with a typical Japanese working woman. Very nice framing and exposure. Tfs.
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (24416)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-27
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/8 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2009-11-28 3:24