It’s been pretty busy winter but as it got a little warmer, I started photographing again. Yokosuka Navy Base was open to the public on their spring open day, but I skipped the long queue and walked around town. What is there to see? It is just a base right? Yokosuka itself is an interesting town.
I also checked out the cherry blossom for the first time in many years. When was the last time I was in Japan in spring time?
In the evening, towards the end of that week-long cherry blossom period, the petals blown away in the wind covered the surface of the river.
Just stepping out, not more than 10-minute walk away. But grab a camera anyway. It is there, waiting for you. The visual inspiration, the thing that touches on your string somewhere, the shock of the contrast, the beautiful melody of flowing movement, or just a cold statement of what it is. So grab a camera. Always have it handy with you. Doesn’t matter if you came home without a single shot clicked. It is also ok you take 200 frames and find none of them was presentable. The main thing is that your partner is always there with you. Your right hand holding the grip. It is enough to make sure your mind’s eye is open, aware or even looking for, things that you respond to. And when it does, stop your pace and look. What was that, just now? What did I see? Why did I feel something? See if you can condense it down to the crystal of it.
So I was just heading out for a hair-cut before going home to see my family in the other part of the country for the new year’s. It is a short walk to the hair salon. But I would be walking through this park next to my flat. OK, why not?
Sure autumn is long gone. I have leather gloves on even when I’m shooting. The beanie keeps my head under freshly trimmed hair warm. I am surprised so much autumn is still in town on the last days of the year. Maybe it was a bit of bonus to me after working long hours throughout the year. Well done, I kept a bit of autumn aside for you to remember. It is the favourite season of yours, it is the season you were born in. It is yours. For a moment I felt something was telling me that. That’s why I brought my camera up to my eye, to remember what struck me.
Happy new year, everyone! Grab your camera, keep your eyes open. The world is full of amazing inspirations.
Just looking for a place to kill the time for half the Sunday, I looked up Tokyo Art Beat for some ideas. This one came up, a former residence of a royal, full of Art Deco details. Unfortunately photography inside the building was not allowed on the weekend as it will block up the visitors’ path. Shame. It sure is a beautiful building. You got to check it out. 700 yen admission. Most photos are details taken from my table in the cafe. Still pretty good!
Check out some pretty images of the Art Deco building, and their hours on their website.
8 Dec: Fixed the typo in the title.
I was away in Taiwan last weekend, so this is really the first time I decided to take on the beauty of autumn in Japan for the first time in ages. While taking it slow on my Saturday morning processing photos and updating my travel blog, it started to rain softly. I took my camera out and walked in the park just next to the flat.
It was about to become another lazy weekend which I was not going to get much out of. In the early afternoon on Sunday, I packed my camera in the bag and headed for the train station. Switching trains, and onto the tram by the sea, I walked in the seabreeze, a milvus’ familiar voice as it circles over head, to the break of waves in Shonan.
And again onto the tram, then off at Hase. Walking rather aimlessly, I came up towards the temple where the large sitting Buddha is on the hill. But the gate was already closed, it got very dark towards 5pm and it started to drizzle. Not that I was particularly keen on seeing the statue again, but it was more like a mandatory stop in this touristy region.
The red tail lights of the car fades into the dusk. The sea reflects the smooth cloudy sky. I can’t help noticing the influence the exhibition by Michael Kenna has had on me since hearing him talk of his works last weekend. I even brought a tripod with me in readiness of taking some long exposure shots of the landscape. Maybe I can come back on a rainy day. Even better still, maybe I should get myself another roadster, drive down the coastline to here, and either tram or bring out a folding bicycle, to cover the area for the day. Yeah, maybe…
How time flies; is it already coming to the end of October? Can you believe that? It’s been already 3 months since I came to Tokyo in mid-July. Since then I had a month of living in hotel rooms, then off to Sydney for a couple of weeks, but now this is my base, Tokyo. It hasn’t really gotten a part of me yet, but it’s getting there. Today, on a sunny Saturday in early autumn, I went down to Roppongi following my bro’s suggestion. We checked out kids and young girls in Halloween costumes, and enjoyed the slow day.
Starting from Roppongi Hills, we walked down to the new-ish, The National Art Center Tokyo and its really beautiful building inside out, then back through the Hills, I walked to Azabu-Juban station to catch my train back to my flat. Big thanks to my bro for coming up with this idea, showing me a few ‘only locals know’ kind of places from the time he used to work just around here, and a bit of chit chat over walk, coffee and a beer. Great day!
I heard about this through an article posted on Facebook. Some group of visual artists got together to create a bunch of installation works in an office building that is scheduled for demolition. They basically got a permission to use the entire building, 9-floors of it, and over 50 artists spread their wings in there to create something pretty funky.
BCTION is a word created to mean something that comes after Action, after A comes B, hence Bction… Action x Action leads to BCTION. Their desire is to draw attention to the ‘dead space’ in the urban environment, with spin-off works spawning up across the globe, such that those abandoned buildings often seen in SE Asia, for example, may see the light of day, while inspiring people to feel more, think differently.