Comments for Tokyo Times http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org Photographs from a small group of islands Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:47:31 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Comment on A young Japanese woman feeding a pigeon by Bernadette Marchetti http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-young-japanese-woman-feeding-a-pigeon/#comment-277548 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:47:31 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10476#comment-277548 She almost seems fearful or shy.

Then I remember that birds are dinosaurs. And this pic takes on a whole new dimension for me. Though, it just might be my weird imagination.

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Comment on A young Japanese woman feeding a pigeon by Squidpuppy http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-young-japanese-woman-feeding-a-pigeon/#comment-277547 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:29:21 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10476#comment-277547 Nice. Really like the composition.

Pigeons, crows, birds of any ilk always remind me we’re not the only ones here. It’s a lot more notable when it’s a monkey in a train station, or a boar in your backyard, but our urban environments are filled with critters. Near my brother’s house in Setagaya-ku there’s a park where civets (hakubishin) have lived for many years. How bizarre is that?

Can we get a picture of crows? Yeah, they’ve really become a nuisance in recent years, I understand, but I used to enjoy hearing them on a Fall twilit evening. Another sound that always reminds me of Tokyo is the coo of doves in the early morning.

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Comment on A young Japanese woman feeding a pigeon by Lee http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-young-japanese-woman-feeding-a-pigeon/#comment-277546 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:49:02 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10476#comment-277546 Thanks again. Been on a real colour binge of late, but yeah, this one had to be black and white.

Most of the time I go out alone, but not exclusively. I do meet like-minded friends for photo walks. Good to catch up and take photos. The idea of a group photo walk on the other hand doesn’t appeal at all. I like to walk wherever the mood takes me, not where the group does…

So the next time you are in Tokyo, I’d definitely be up for a stroll. Whatever camera you decide to bring!

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Comment on A young Japanese woman feeding a pigeon by Coli http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-young-japanese-woman-feeding-a-pigeon/#comment-277544 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:40:21 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10476#comment-277544 It really does strike a chord. Black and white works so well in this picture. Lee when you take pictures do you do so alone or with others? Would be great fun to take pictures with you. Although my camera would scare many away campared to your Leica. :)

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Comment on A young Japanese woman feeding a pigeon by Lee http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-young-japanese-woman-feeding-a-pigeon/#comment-277543 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:36:44 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10476#comment-277543 Thank you very much! Great to hear it struck a chord.

I took it in Shinjuku. It was mid-afternoon and so fairly quiet — hence the pigeon feeding!

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Comment on A young Japanese woman feeding a pigeon by Coli http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-young-japanese-woman-feeding-a-pigeon/#comment-277542 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:23:10 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10476#comment-277542 Beautiful picture! 1000 words for sure with this. Where did you take this at? I’m no critic but I think this is one of your best pictures.

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Lee http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277541 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:01:37 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277541 Need to get round to reading that soon. The translations to take a while to arrive, don’t they? But I suppose it’s not a quick process, and hopefully the time they take means they are trying to get as close to the original (in both felling and meaning) as possible.

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Lee http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277540 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:57:35 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277540 Thank you very much!

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Vinnie http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277539 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:27:10 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277539 Keep it up, I love your blog!

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Hans ter Horst http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277538 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:11:35 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277538 Oh, yes, every time a new novel is released, my wife makes me order it via Amazon.jp and often we have to wait for the reprint. Big fan myself and, frankly, I am a bit upset that the English translations of the new books do come so late. Of 1q84 I ended up buying the Dutch translation (which was excellent, btw) as it was available about a year before the English version.

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Lee http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277537 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:11:47 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277537 Generally speaking, yes, it isn’t easy. Long hours. Dedication to the company/job etc. A lot is expected, for increasingly little in return. Not a career path I could ever imagine dealing with, either on a physical or psychological level…

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Lee http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277536 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:09:47 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277536 Thank you. If they tell stories then I’m doing something right. Very nice to know!

Yeah, I don’t know what the deal was there. Nice shirt and the like, so presumably not too down on his luck, but like you say, something clearly wasn’t right. Just have to hope that it is now.

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Lee http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277535 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:07:29 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277535 Nah, He’s hugely popular in Japan. In fact when IQ84 was released, there were queues and the like. A big seller.

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Bernadette Marchetti http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277534 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:49:16 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277534 I hear it’s hard work being a salaryman in Japan, but this guy looks like he’s been through an adventure good enough for an action movie. Disheveled is an understatement!

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Bernadette Marchetti http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277533 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:47:17 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277533 Wow. I didn’t expect to see Murakami fans here. I heard that he’s not as well-liked in his native country for being to “Western”. I, too, have not read 1Q84 yet, my ex-husband was a HUGE fan. I read Kafka on the Shore. Beautiful book.

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Hans Ter Horst http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277532 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:47:07 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277532 Somebody hasn’t been home, which always makes me feel worried about the person fearing that he might have lost his job and now too embarrassed to return home. Your photos do tell stories!

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Lee http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277531 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:40:08 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277531 I haven’t read iq84 yet, and it’s a long time since I read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, so the name doesn’t really bring up any images. I did, however find this picture. And no, it’s not especially flattering!

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Comment on A slightly disheveled Tokyo stare by Coil http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/a-slightly-disheveled-tokyo-stare/#comment-277529 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:04:11 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10474#comment-277529 I know this is a bad thing to say, but if our friend here had far less hair, he would remind me of Haruki Murakami’s character of Ushikawa. :)

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Comment on Summer in Tokyo: A boy in a bucket by Lee http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/summer-in-tokyo-a-boy-in-a-bucket/#comment-277528 Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:23:41 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10471#comment-277528 That’s certainly what I’ve found, although that said, I’ve found some cities quite friendly too. At least compared to Tokyo, anyway.

Cheers. I’d already read that. Sounds like a very interesting trip/trek. Definitely something to try at some point.

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Comment on Summer in Tokyo: A boy in a bucket by Hans Ter Horst http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/summer-in-tokyo-a-boy-in-a-bucket/#comment-277527 Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:42:34 +0000 http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=10471#comment-277527 Definitely the people are more open in the countryside, and incredibly curious when they discover you speak enough Japanese to have a conversation! Especially the elderly are keen to chat. Normally I’m with my wife and when they see a Japanese person with you, they hold off, but last year I walked the 34 Kannon Pilgrimage in Chichibu (100% recommended if you are around the Tokyo or Saitama area!) alone and that took me into pretty deep countryside and the pilgrimage was wonderful, but the contact with the many people around Chichibu and other pilgrims made it very, very special! See my webpage for details if you’re interested to give it a try.

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