Japan: A visual essay in black and white

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It’s probably because I miss Japan. And also because I’m very much behind in blogging. I was looking through some pictures taken last year on a visit to Japan with my mother and my sister. With so many trips to Japan since 2007, this was the first time I took so many pictures in black and white. I’ve said before that for some weird reason I’ve always viewed Japan edged with a sense of melancholy. Despite having seen her soaked in vivid colour – in the reds of autumn, the pinks of spring, greens of summer and winter’s pristine whites, photographing her in black and white presents a slightly different tone. I’m no pro photographer but I hope you enjoy these snapshots and maybe see Japan a little differently. 

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ema tablets, Asakusa, Tokyo

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Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

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 Itsukushima shrine, Miyajima

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pretty as a picture, Itsukushima shrine, Miyajima

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purpose, Itsukushima shrine, Miyajima

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for children everywhere, Peace Park, Hiroshima 

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cleanliness is next to godliness, Senjokaku Hall, Miyajima

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waiting at Himeji 

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blink and you’ll miss this entrance to a shrine in a shopping arcade, Kyoto

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downtown shrine, Kyoto

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seeking advice, Kitano Tenmangu shrine, Kyoto

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for the lost and found, Kyoto

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maple white, Ryoanji, Kyoto

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