In English when a language is undecipherable one says, "It's all Greek to me." here of course it's all Japanese to me and all the other tourists who do not know the language. I wanted to show you through this photo how difficult it is for a foreigner to find one's way in Japan.Traveling by train can be a harrowing experience for there is little that is written in Roman letters.If it wasn't for my friend Yoshi, I would still be there trying to get the right train connections to get to the airport.
The photo was taken along or near Ameyoko Street.
Ameyoko is a busy market street along the Yamanote line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Station, the site of a black market after World War Two.
The name "Ameyoko" is a short form for "Ameya Yokocho" (candy store alley), as candies were traditionally sold there. Alternatively, "Ame" also stands for "America", because a lot of American products used to be available on the black market.
Today, various products such as clothes, bags, cosmetics, fresh fish, dried food and spices are sold along Ameyoko.
While much of Tokyo is turning into new landscapes of luxury malls and glossy condominiums, there are a few places that still offer the sights and smells of Asia. One of the best is still the Ameyoko market at Ueno, with its noisy jumble of stalls and stacks of merchandise, its distinctively voiced barkers and hawkers, and its teeming crowds of international shoppers.
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mursaloglu (8520) 2009-12-02 3:07
interesting shot with great humor and I like artificial light here. Bravo ihsan
trekks (14348) 2009-12-02 6:59
You are a lucky guy to have spent month long vacation in Japan because it is expensive place.
It has been my pleasure to see you in Australia and get a little wine at Belgrave. You really live in a luxurious neighborhood of natural setup. You will make a good photojournalist by paying attention to such kind of details shown here and writing a good note.
All the best from Borneo.
Interesting to note that you are paying attention to Japanese words and symbols but I am sure you can pick the food from its looks and take them down with the help of sake.
Clementi (52514) 2009-12-03 0:40
da noi si dice ma che scrivi in Giapponese.... certo deve essere uno shok non trovare scritte familiari, comunque le cose in vetrina sembrano buone, tu che dici?
anesugur (18789) 2009-12-03 10:57
Very nice composition and colors with good light.
Have a nice day. Uğur
westcoastgirl1 (666) 2009-12-03 21:57
Yes, I know first hand how difficult it is to navigate your way around Japan. But that's what makes it so interesting to visit as well. Written Japanese is beautiful to look at, like a work of art. Great display of all the signage.
All the best,
ahmet54 (3045) 2009-12-04 11:39
do you know the movie 'Lost in Translation' staring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson? The movie expresses the feeling of being lost in a totally different culture. Worth to look! The characters on your picture carry information but a tourist cannot get the code. TFS.
alftrek (3270) 2009-12-07 16:59
I love your hilarious, entertaining and informative notes. Isn't it strange that they use "Greek" in Japan...hahaha. Well, its almost all Greek to me too, although some characters are common to the Chinese characters.
As usual, your low light photos are all exceptionally good, taken without tripod and at 1/30 sec. The sharpness and exposure are admirable. You have amazing steady hands.
Hope you are keeping well
agjika (3616) 2009-12-15 15:03
I wish it was Greek for me! To me this looks more like some sort of sign shop!
Lovely colours and clarity.
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (23821)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-27
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-02 2:17
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