Photographer's Note

This is a nothing special kind of photo… in a way. People don’t dress like this in the streets of Tokyo. This man’s attire was part of some kind of celebrations. All I managed to find out is that it was a local Nakano quarter festival. Maybe Takero knows what it is all about?

This photo is very special to me because it is the first photo taken on the first day during my first trip outside of Europe. And not just “any trip”. It was the first time I decided to take photos with a view to sharing and selling them afterwards. I had taken holiday snapshots before, but that time was to be different: I had bought 30+ rolls of slide film… that’s over a 1000 frames… out of which only 67 turned up to be of acceptable enough quality. The rest – drastically overexposed, terribly underexposed, generally awful, just name it… How much easier it is these days to review a shot on your LCD and have another go…

My two weeks’ stay in Japan was an unforgettable experience. I learned at least 4 things on that first day:

1. “Kirin” (as in the well-known beer brand) means “dragon. But not all dragons are called kirin. There are many words for a dragon in Japanese, just like there are lots of names for snow in Eskimo language.
2. Not EVERY kind of food is meant to be eaten with chopsticks. Edamame are a good example – you are supposed to pick the pods up with your hands and then suck the beans out.
3. Jetlag is not (as many people think) a made up excuse “for wimps”. It is a condition that makes life difficult (and, as I found out later, it gets much worse when you get back home after the trip…).
4. September, when the weather in Tokyo gets cooler, is still hotter than the hottest summer in Britain.

I have really good friends in Tokyo and try to visit as frequently as possible, which, in the last 14 years has resulted in four trips. I guess, as we are talking journeys from Europe to the Far East, it still counts as “often”. I’ll post the few good photos from those, sometimes quite short trips, to TE.

I dedicate this one to Craig as I promised him that when I had finished posting my Nepal story, I’d upload some shots from Japan.

More photos in WS. All three scanned from Fuji Velvia slides.

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