Japan – A Nation of Textures

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I came away feeling like Japan is an immediately accessible place, and yet one that is completely impenetrable. If the society has a simple, immediately recognisable silhouette, then its culture is an intricate texture of patterns and forms.

One of my mini personal projects was to look harder at these surfaces and textures. Just to force me to look up, down and sideways.


Osaka downtown – for those that have seen Black Rain, you might recognise this scene


Osakajo Icecream


Rivetting


Rusty nails


First of the inevitible bamboo


Yup


Bamboo with some sticks


Door


Lovers wishes for eachother


Some other type of wish thing


Temple roof from below


Characters in the rock


Sumptuous Fabric


Zen


Combinations


Different bamboo


Cute – a flower contemplates life


Hi


Shadowy wood


Light coming through wood – it’s not like you don’t get most of this anywhere else in the world, but it is nice to be forced to look for it!


Zen raking


Door


I love this photo – close up of the chip wood roof ’tiles’


Zen Zen Zen


I still can’t find the meaning here


Oh look at the light coming through the bamboo


Lamps in a market


The tasteful Kyoto tower refected in the thoughtful Kyoto station. Both fail to really capture the mood of Kyoto!


Plum blossom


The best shade of orange ever


Stairs


Stair close-up


Oxidised


Rather a nice wall


Oxidised 2.0


I had a beaming smile taking this photo – this is what I came to Japan for!


Some wood


This pole is worn by generations of people rubbing it


It all hinges on this


Fags


New kicks hit the streets of Tokyo


Bright lights of Shinjuku


Barrel of laughs


(and from the last trip…) Functional drinks


Blood of the city


Pachinko!

6 Comments

  1. Posted 2007/03/08 at 04:47 | Permalink

    Jonny! This is one of the ZEXIEST blog entries ever. Beautiful. J’adore love love loves it. I am agog over its beauty. Good job. You made me miss Asia again. How’d you do that?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted 2007/03/08 at 16:52 | Permalink

    Drool drool drool hmb

  3. Anonymous
    Posted 2007/03/15 at 16:09 | Permalink

    lovely photos. nerdy intro. keep it up. richard s.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted 2007/03/19 at 08:03 | Permalink

    WHY IS THE TITLE OF THIS BLOG ‘AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER IN CHINA’ WHEN YOU LIVE IN TAIWAN, NOT CHINA? IT SHOULD BE CALLED ‘AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER IN TAIWAN’, SHOULDNT IT?

  5. Posted 2007/03/22 at 07:56 | Permalink

    one of the pics is Sakura (cherry blossoms). plum blossom only has 5 petals and mostly white or light pink.

    very nice pics. indeed.

    (BTW, Cebu Pacific is going to fly to Taipei from Manila. now round-trip ticket only costs 2406 NTD including tax…very tempting price. I’m think about going to Philippines again…)

  6. telmo32
    Posted 2009/09/28 at 01:31 | Permalink

    Great post!

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