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Children’s Day in Ishinomaki

Tweet This is the last of the sets of photos I took up in tsumnami-devastated Ishinomaki over Golden Week. The morning of 5 May I drove from Sendai to Ishinomaki with rakugo artist Dianne Orrett and a couple of her Chindon’ya friends. We spent the day together as they performed at the Ishinomaki Mangattan and […]

Tokyo Sinfonia in Tohoku

Tweet This is another story from Golden week. I travelled up to the disaster zone with the Tokyo Sinfonia who played several concerts in the refugee centers. This was another privileged experience. Two months after the quake, the authorities were reluctant to let anyone into the centers – least of all photographers. But it was […]

Ishinomaki during Golden Week

Tweet These photos were taken just under two months after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. I was up in Ishinomaki during the Golden Week holidays to do a story for the magazine on a story for the magazine I edit. To be honest, I had my doubts about whether I should post these, or […]

Chiba surfing

Tweet Surf’s up. Recently had  chance to visit a surfing “Mecca” in Chiba with my brother-in-law. Beats Sunday morning pushing a trolley around Itoyokado. Time to invest in one of these? (Tokyo Photojournalist on Facebook)    

Drinking Japan

Tweet I had a lovely surprise today. A while ago I sent my friend Chris Bunting some photos for a book he was working on. Well, the book is out – and what a fantastic book it is too. My photos are the ones of the sake brewery (not the cover photo, the sake casks […]

Cherry blossom 2011

Tweet Cherry blossom. It’s a challenge to find a new way to shoot sakura any year, but this year was particularly difficult. (These were taken using a Takumar 55mm lens on a Nikon D700) (Tokyo Photojournalist on Facebook)

One week later

Tweet Even at a time like this, people need music. Perhaps, at a time like this,  they need it more than ever. On Tuesday I received this email from Robert Ryker, Music Director of the Tokyo Sinfonia. It was about a concert that some time ago we’d arranged I’d photograph – I was surprised to […]

Ginza darkly

Tweet Japan is a dark place in more ways than one at the moment. The terrible suffering in north Japan is constantly on everyone’s minds, as is the nuclear power station crisis in Fukushima. Meanwhile, homes and businesses are trying to save as much electricity as possible. Ginza is normally one of the busiest brightest […]

Leaving Tokyo

Tweet The atmosphere is Tokyo right now is hard to describe: a mixture of horror, weariness and unease. Like everyone else here I’ve been glued to the TV and internet for days. Yesterday morning was the low point so far for me. When the media started reporting on rising radiation at the Fukushima plant I […]

Stranded by the earthquake

Tweet I am stuck in my Tokyo office tonight. All the trains have stopped. I went down to Shinagawa station to see what was happening and take some photos. Glad I have a heated office to sleep in and a blanket at least. UPDATE: March 12th 10.30am Finally got home at 5am this morning: car […]

Tokyo marathon 2011

Tweet I took about two hundred portraits of runners at the Tokyo Marathon last Sunday, 100 at the start and 100 at the finish – all with my trusty nifty-fifty. I had a press pass courtesy of EURObiZ Japan. They’ll be a photo story in the magazine soon. I wanted to show the excitement of […]

Food for thought

Tweet I’ve had a few stories in the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan magazine before now, but this is the first time on the cover. A project close to my heart too. As I wrote in the text (see below) to go with these portraits, I have enormous respect for the people producing Japan’s fantastic […]

Sado jizo shrine

Tweet These photos are from a trip to the island of Sado in 2009, when I spent a couple of days driving around looking for places and people to feature in the travel story I was writing. I found this shrine a short drive up into the hills. It is named “Nashinoki Jizo” after the […]

Pied Piper

Tweet Noto town in Kanazawa prefecture has lost two thirds of its residents since the 1970s, its sons and daughters leaving for jobs in the city. Remaining behind are silence, empty streets, pork barrel civic projects, pachinko parlours, the loyal, and the old. This is a story repeated in rural areas all over Japan. And […]

Waiting for the flood

Tweet Here’s an unlikely Tokyo tourist attraction, definitely in the category of places I would NEVER have gone if I wasn’t a journalist. Apparently, this is the largest flood protection civil engineering project in the world. It is open to the public and the tours are free, but you need to speak some Japanese. I […]

work place 2

Tweet The magazine I edit, EURObiZ Japan, has been running a monthly column on Europeans working in Tokyo, and I’ve been taking the photos. These are the six most recent portraits. (The first five are here.) This time there are Europeans working in: a glass company, a designer furniture company, advertising, Italian food imports, wine […]

The sick rose

Tweet O Rose thou art sick. The invisible worm, That flies in the night In the howling storm: Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy: And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy. William Blake

School of hard knocks

Tweet I had a three page photo story in this month’s No. 1 Shimbun, the magazine of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Tokyo. Here it is below. A little while ago I had the privilege to meet and photograph Doreen Simmons, the incredible 78-year-old sumo expert and commentator on NHK. The job was for one […]

Sun and sake

Tweet The biennial festival near our house has become something of a project for me. I helped carry the shrine for the third time this year and took a few portraits while resting my bruised shoulders. These were all shot with a 50mm lens at f2.0 on D200 body. The sensor size on the D200 […]


Tweet Toyohashi city is where I landed in Japan and lived for a few years before coming to Tokyo. It’s not far from Nagoya, not far from the mountains, not far from the sea, not doing very well in the recession. It was a great place to live when I was there – probably still […]

Festival of the dead

Tweet It’s been a while since my late post, and it’s even longer since I took these photos last summer. Every August there’s a small obon celebration under the bullet train tracks near our house. Obon is the festival of the dead when Japanese honour their ancestors. A local taiko drumming group comes to our […]

work place

Tweet The magazine I edit, EURObiZ Japan, has been running a monthly column on Europeans working in Tokyo, and I’ve been taking the photos. These are the first five portraits. There’s a lady who sells foie gras, two architects, a pattisier, a man who imports Dutch goods and a scuba diving instructor. (Thanks to our […]

Temple of the golden pavilion

Tweet Is this the most photographed temple in Japan? I was down in Kyoto last week meeting a Danish tea master (more on that one day) and staying at a Zen Buddhist temple for a night (no photos!). In between the two I had a morning to spare so what to do? My first thought […]

Nifty-fifty Houston

Tweet Sixteen shots of Houston – 50mm wide-open. (Set myself a challenge of the simplest camera setting I could think of.) Most of these shots were taken downtown near my hotel.