Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3579 W: 114 N: 6335] (28656)
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