Month: January 2013

Saying a quiet prayer for deceased loved one at Hanazono shrine

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昼に花園神社で、亡くなってしまった人に静かに祈りました。大事な人でした。天気は寒くて、空が青かったです。

 

A mid-day visit to Hanazono shrine in Shinjuku to say a silent prayer for Ros. RIP. Blue sky on a chilly winter day.

Recreating Edo style in Tokyo Station food shop

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駅弁の店は、江戸時代の感じを作っています。

From shop staff uniform to packaging, this “ekiben” shop in Tokyo Station does a great job of evoking Edo history for today’s train travelers.

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Giant magnolia towers over home, and shows off wavy branches in winter

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家より、このモクレンは背が高いです。杉並で。

This magnolia is huge, and you can see the branch structure clearly in winter.

Black Marilyn Monroe featured in aging commercial corridor

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中野駅の近くにある、黒色のマリリン・モンローが飾ってある店は廃墟化しています。

This small commercial strip, near the center of Nakano, seems semi-abandoned.

See papaya growing next to Mexican angel trumpet flowers in the winter

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新宿御苑の新しい温室に、パパイヤとメキシコの花がありました。見えますか?

The best place for a cold Tokyo day is the new Shinjuku Gyoen green house. Here’s a funny mix of Mexican angel trumpet and papaya under the glass dome.

Showa window visible through the fruit trees

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歩行者路で、昭和時代風の窓が柿と梨の木の後ろに見えます。中野で。

I pass this house frequently on the way to the station. The metal fence is truly ugly, but somehow from this angle, there is a beauty and mystery to this old home. They’re growing persimmons and pears.

Showa house features large tree on narrow lane

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狭い路地に、昭和時代の自宅や成熟した木は素敵です。中野で。

I love this Showa house, its gorgeous tree, and the juxtaposition with small parking lot and blue roofed 80s townhouse. There is a charm to these older houses and their mature landscapes.

Colorful Tokyo sidewalk on a rainy fall day

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古い青梅街道で、素敵なイチョウの黄色い葉が楽しめます。

The kilometers of mature gingkos lining Omeikaido make this wide and busy boulevard much more enjoyable. The yellow leaves are now, of course, all gone. But since I am posting more film photographs, I want to share some of my favorite fall photos that were recently developed. Fallen gingko leaves, school uniforms, umbrellas, face masks, and a slow-moving sidewalk bike are a perfect urban scene.

Even in winter, this Nakano house is covered in flowers

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冬でも、この中野の家は、花であふれます。壁に、植物が五百ぐらいあります。

I’ve posted photos and written about this flower wall garden for The Plant, a visually stunning semi-annual magazine about urban nature. Even in winter, the garden is so colorful. Really, it is one of Nakano’s most incredible personal gardens, with hundreds of flowers covering the three story facade.

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Living and found desk decor add nature to work

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机の上にあるエアプラントや種子やザクロがあると、仕事が面白くなります。

At some point, my desk gained a bowl of air plants and small collection of foraged Tokyo nuts, seeds and a persimmon (pomegranate). Even in a small space, it’s nice to have nature near the computer.

Front door decorations made by hand celebrate the new year

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マンションのドアに、手作りのしめ飾りを飾っています。萩原さんのワークショップで作りました。楽しかったです。

Here is the new year’s decoration (shimekazari) I created at Shiho studio for our front door. Although there’s a common look to commercial ones, including these at Muji, there’s a lot of variety in terms of shape and materials.

Below is Kuge sensei’s lovely arrangement at the entrance to her studio. The tiny black ball with three colorful petals is a traditional toy played with a badminton-like shuttlecock.  shimekazari_kuge_studioLongtime Shiho studio student Hagiwara-san led the workshop and provided these amazing materials, including red berries, pine, paper, and seed pods.

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