Posts Tagged ‘japan’

Magic Mountains

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Tweet Explaining the Shugendo religion would be a job for a book, not a blog post. But let’s just say it’s a colourful mix of Buddhism, Japan’s ancient Shinto religion, and even more ancient native animism. Shugendo’s adherents are known as Yamabushi – men (and a few women) who undertake arduous ascetic training in the […]


Taking to the streets

Protestors at an anti-nuclear demonstration near the Japanese Diet.

Tweet It took me quite a few years of working as a photographer to get round to a proper project, but In 2012 I started not one but two. This is the second. (The first is here). Hard to believe now with the pro-nuclear LDP just voted back in, but last Spring and Summer there […]


Night and Day (More Parkour)

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Tweet Oh dear, I’ve been badly neglecting this blog recently. Apologies. As a first installment in a substantial backlog, here are a few more photos from my Tokyo Parkour project. (Must get that going again).  They come from two shoots: one in Shinjuku after dark and the other in Shibuya in the early morning. I […]


Chiba surfing

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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)    


English teacher in Japan portraits

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Tweet I blogged about this back in April, but the exhibition has just opened at the correspondent’s club so here are some more photos and a short interview with the photographer Gary McLeod. Gary has been making portraits of English teachers in Japan. Each image consists of about 300 individual photos taken with a Nikon […]


Tokyo Commuter Hell

Tweet Tokyo commuters My corner of photojournalism isn’t exactly front-line war reporting. But I think this story was about the closest I’ve come to being physically assaulted in Japan so far. Two years ago I was writing about the Tokyo transport system (pdf) and went out to get some rush hour train photos. (Only just […]


Super Handicapped Pro-Wrestling

Disabled wrestler, Tokyo

Tweet disabled wrestler Earlier this year I did a story on a group of disabled wrestlers called Doglegs: Super Handicapped Pro-wrestling. It sounds like the most incredibly crass bad taste idea ever. But after actually seeing one of their events I kind of understood why the wrestlers said it was empowering for them. These photos […]


Being disabled in Japan

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Tweet This is the story for the Japan Times I blogged on a while back. Out today. “Access all areas: camping trip offers no-holds-barred insight into disability It is the early hours of the morning and I’m sat out in the open air. My eyes are closed and my hand is clutched tightly around a […]


Nikka whisky

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Tweet Japan isn’t renowned for its whisky, but actually it should be because the good stuff is very good indeed. These photos are from one of Nikka’s two distilleries in Japan – part of a travel story I was doing on the city of Sendai. I think I could guess why Nikka chose the location […]


otaku dominoes

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Tweet I was at the Big Site exhibition hall in Odaiba last weekend covering one of Tokyo’s many otaku events. (Deep deep into geek territory for a series of articles on Japanese pop culture exports right now) This one was for model makers and figure collectors: everything from Tamiya tanks to latex Godzillas I got […]


political protest

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Tweet Is the end near for Fukuda? He’s not so popular where I live anyway!