It’s hard to remember: 1

January 13th, 2008

Click here for the Tsukiji Fish Market and surrounding area photos

Click above for the Tsukiji Fish Market and surrounding area photos

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Click above for the Skiing and Sapporo photos

Partially for nostalgia, and partially for personal convenience, I’ve decided to begin re-creating most of my old Japan photo galleries. Longtime readers will see nothing new. Frankly, I see a lot of badly-taken photos, but these shots from Japan are my first explorations of both color photography and digital photography.

Many of the shots in these two galleries are among my favorites, but they’re also mostly from early 2003, less than a year after I got my grubby paws on a digital camera. I hope that I know enough now about editing digital images now to improve them, but the time to do so just hasn’t materialized.

A Quintessential Contrast (20050606)

September 24th, 2006

Looking east at Shinjuku Square Tower, Nishi-Shinjuku. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005
Looking east at Shinjuku Square Tower, Nishi-Shinjuku. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005

There’s not much that you can do in Tokyo without encountering some noticeable contradiction of modern life, and the street that my apartment was on was no expection.
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A Boy and His Sword (20050522)

September 13th, 2006

Boy and his plastic katana. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005
Boy and his plastic katana. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005

Another picture from the 2005 Asakusa Sanja Matsuri, we learn here the inherent danger of getting between a boy and his sword, and the propensity of both to rise from the dead.

Sanja Girl (20050522)

September 11th, 2006

Young girl celebrating during the Sanja festival. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005
Young girl celebrating during the Sanja festival. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005

The Sanja matsuri is a festival held in Asakusa that celebrates the men who founded the Senso-ji temple, and is celebrated by getting a lot of guys drunk on sake while they carry extremely heavy “portable” shrines around the neighborhood.

It’s also a festival for the community’s children to get in on the party, and so they all come decked out in traditional clothes, as well. This girl doesn’t seem to mind one bit, despite not getting any sake.
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Comments from a Former Student

March 14th, 2006

I wasn’t planning on writing anything here until the trip to India, China and Southeast Asia was over, but one of my former students from Nova found an entry I wrote about working at that wonderful little company with the mutant pink bunny mascot.
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Festive seasonal goodwill and whatnot

December 2nd, 2005

I meant to do something about this much earlier, but I left Japan at the end of July with a fair amount of credit at one of my favorite used English bookstores, Kichijoji’s Bondi Books.

So, I’ve decided to leave a bit of a parting gift. Head on over to Bondi, mention the “Big in Japan free book ad” or something equally to the point, and you get a free book worth up to 700 yen.
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The Return of BIJ

November 27th, 2005

Hello all, welcome back to Big in Japan.

The new server is functioning correctly, because I’m writing this and you’re reading it. And loving it. Lovin’ it, baby, lovin’ it.

As you should know by now, I’ve moved on from Japan. There will be a batch of entries from my last days in Japan, but unfortunately my notes and photos from that fiery final fortnight are in a closet in San Francisco – yes, how apropos. When I finish travelling around Southeast Asia, China, Australia and India, I’ll get those online.

For now, may I direct your attention to my blog on my current journeys outside of the Floating Kingdom, Big in Japan on Tour. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see any photos from this current trip until I get back sometime in mid-2006.

Until then, thanks for coming back and please excuse things as I tidy up the place. Yoroshiku!

Yopparai in Translation

July 16th, 2005

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It’s Dawn and Scott Week here at Big in Japan central, and all is well. Well and drunk, that is.
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Ink Me Again, Baby

July 15th, 2005

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Dawn crammed herself into Rino the Tattoo Artist’s tighter-than-a-schoolgirl schedule, and we all headed over to watch the visceral and sometimes painful transition of pasty skin into something a bit more colorful.
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Bostonians on a stick

July 14th, 2005

Yakitori at Iseya, Kichijoji.

Imagine: you’re packing up your life in Japan, ready to leave and head off to parts and parties unknown, and a friend rings up and says, “I’m Rick James, bitch!”

Which sounds strangely like, “Can I come visit you one more time before you leave Tokyo?”
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