Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Japan 23


Oh come on! How about a little smile?

I actually know this guy. He is the uncle of Buymebarbies. His name is Yasiyuki Suzuki. You can't tell by the look on his face, but we really do get along well. We have something that draws us together...  We both know how to say "beer" in the other one's language!  We are just about to buy some "street food" in a local backstreet Tokyo shopping area.


Just another Tokyo side street. If you enlarge the photo, it's very interesting to see the total confusion of power, phone, and god knows what other type of lines, strung from pole to pole.


18 comments:

Marlene said...

Wow - those wires are something!!! Love your black & whites.

S~V~O said...

I really like the pictures in this grey form. :) I'm a young photograqpher and just yesterday I opened up a new photography blog. Hope you'll be one of my followers. :)

DrSoosie said...

Even in all the confusion in the street scene it still looks kind of clean and orderly. Order among confusion is a favorite of mine. It is nice you relate s o well to your wife's family. I think this is an important thing in keeping a marriage happy and sane! As always...love your photos..I feel like I am getting an education on the culture and nuances of Japan.

Blue Wave 707 said...

Great choice in the black & white!

Getting Japanese people to smile can be like pulling teeth. I've been a videographer for Japanese tourist weddings for over 20 yrs, & some will not break a smile throughout the ceremony nor picture taking after.

Bossy Betty said...

Yes! I love that last picture and everything in it. It could keep me entertained for some time.

buffalodick said...

Funny how with wireless everything, the nations that developed the earliest are the most cluttered with wires!

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

You know.... For a place that comes in second for creating the most amazing technology, you'd think they'd be able to find a way to control their wires....

Joe Cap said...

The picture of the wires reminds me of all those pictures you see in India like that. What a mess, huh?

Ashley King said...

love the 2nd one....

and the first one too, because when i went to japan (when i was 3), i was afraid of him!

altadenahiker said...

A very casual attitude towards electricity. Hang the wires like a clothes line.

Pat Tillett said...

Marlene - Thanks! I like b & W better for most things.

SVO - Thanks for the comment and for signing up here. I just went to your blog. I like what I see and I'm going to follow your blog also.

DrSoosie - "Serenity in the midst of chaos." My wife's family is very nice and very traditional in the way they live and set up their homes. I prefer a couch to the floor, but they seem to have no problem with it. And boy they are much more limber than we are!

Blue Wave - The older ones don't seem to smile much. I always thought it was a holdover from WWII. Japanese may not smile very much, but they are so friendly.

Pat Tillett said...

Bossy Betty - Me too! I could explore a single block or two for hours.

BD - The newer areas don't have it, but most of it isn't new!

ABAO - I agree! Like most things, they seem to have it all organized.

Joe - It is indeed a mess.

Ash - yup, he has a pretty serious look to him. He's proven to be a good guy though. VERY traditional but nice.

altedenahiker - Knowing how they operate, I think it's probably not casual at all...but it sure looks that way!

Ms. Anthropy said...

The cleanness on the ground and the clutter overhead seem to be in total conflict. (and that umbrella hanging there)

Biana said...

That second shot is very good! I love narrow alleys

Ashley King said...

Ms. A!!!! what a good eye!!!! seriously, i didn't see that umbrella.... that's like a search and find puzzle. hee hee

The Retired One said...

hahaha...he does indeed look rather serious in that shot!
Those lines sure look like a tangled mess that you'd wonder where they go and how they keep working.
Too many people for me...I would feel claustrophobic there for sure.

Pat Tillett said...

Ms A - That's just how it is there. The lines do look like a mess, but I'm totally positive that they know exactly what is what. I'm sure the umbrella was lost and somebody hung it there. It would be VERY rare for somebody to steal it...

Biana - The side streets there are very narrow. I love them also.

Joan - I understand what your saying, but somehow it works there.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I love watching on the 'Amazing Race' how the electrical wires look in many of the capitals of the third world. Year after year and line after line they build up. They even had a task once where the racers have to follow a line from one place back to its source. I was insane.