5 Frames in Japan with Fujifilm Velvia 50 (Expired 2002)

I have this somewhat sadomasochistic ritual when traveling to Asia: shooting a roll of expired Fuji Velvia 50. I can’t remember how it started. I think it was probably on my trip to visit relatives in the Philippines, and the Velvia 50 was the only roll I had left. Since then, I’ve decided to continue […]


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Kabukichō 歌舞伎町

Three squat and unshaven men in khaki coats walked towards us, flanked by policemen. Mumbling to each other, they paid us little mind as they passed.“Yakuza”, one of my companions said. “Really?”They must have been low-level thugs, far below the slick, besuited rogues one imagines from cinema and video games. Kazuma Kiryuu, these guys were […]

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Adashino Nenbutsu-ji 化野念仏寺

We walked under a cloudburst of the brightest autumn hues we had witnessed this far into the trip. We were at Adashino Nenbutsu-ji, and after a morning milling around thousands of other tourists at Tenryu-ji and Arashiyama’s Bamboo Grove, we had ventured to the furthest periphery of Kyoto, where it meets the mountains and countryside […]

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Ryozen Kannon 霊山観音

Through the trees, a giant stone face smiles serenely down on the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. The few people walking the rain-slicked cobbled streets pay it little mind. The statue doesn’t seem to care. Arms folded, eyes closed, face restful, it seemed to wish compassion to all who walked past. As I spotted her through […]

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Kagurazaka 神楽坂

When I mentioned to someone that we’d visited Kagurazaka, they merely asked me ‘why?’. True enough, it isn’t one of the most well-known areas of Tokyo to international tourists, and although located within Shinjuku City, there are more renowned areas to visit, explaining why most people overlook it. There aren’t any grand landmarks, fashion hubs, […]

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