A few favourite photographs from 2011

In the last year I’ve taken an awful lot of photographs, and going back over the ones I’ve posted on Tokyo Times reminds me of the places and people I would have possibly forgotten. So here, as is customary at this time of year, is a round-up of my personal favourites. Some simply because of the image, others due to the moment (and memory) they capture.

They are in chronological order, and should you wish to, clicking on any photograph will take you to the original post.

All the very best for 2012!

Shinjuku alley

Yasukuni nationalists

scary Japanese boy

sunbathing Japanese salaryman

sad Japanese dog

Cherry blossom season

Japanese kimono

Japanese old ladies

Japanese bonsai master

shaved ice

Japanese double bass player

lovely old Japanese lady

Sugamo

Kesennuma after the tsunami

Kabukicho hostess

Tokyo coffee shop

Japanese fall colors

Buddhist vs Christian

As the Buddhist slowly approached and then passed the Christian, no words were spoken. In fact, there wasn’t even a nod, just a glance.

Yet it was a reaction nonetheless. One that, despite its minimal nature, was still more than either of them could muster from the masses.

Japanese Christian and Buddhist

A cross-dressing, Mrs. Santa, Merry Christmas

Numerous shops in Tokyo sell Mrs. Santa outfits. Cheeky little numbers that, if the images on the boxes are anything to go by, would add substantially more sauce to Christmas than merely some brandy.

But, like many things in life, the reality can be very different. So different, in fact, that it’s hard to imagine any amount of festive goodwill being enough to forgive this fella.

Japanese Mrs Santa

Merry Christmas!

A disturbing Japanese student statue

Stood by the side of the road, with her arm raised in the standard, I’m-crossing-so-please-be-careful gesture, this statue of an elementary school student is presumably just a reminder to motorists. But, with her sad eyes and damaged features, she acts as a deterrent in more ways than one.

A face that no doubt haunts the dreams of countless generations of children, not to mention parents and people who take her picture.

scary Japanese statue