Entries in tokyo (4)


Darkened Tokyo

If you have lived here (Tokyo) for any amount of time, you will have noticed that once te sun goes down, the darkened world takes over Tokyo in a very strange sense.  While there are many street-lights that help fill the roadways, side-streets and even a few alleys with an incandescent hughe, you will also notice that there are quite a few more side-streets that are not lit than lit.  This may be an old power saving method, it could be due to the hassle of installing extra lights or it could also be in part due to the safety of the country.

Unlike back home in Canada where a dark street can be nerve-wracking to walk down for even someone experienced in fighting, the dark alleys of Tokyo are rarely anything to fear for anyone other than little children who still worry about the boogy man.  While it is true that there are certainly some areas of Tokyo that are more prone to crime than others, it is very rare to find an actual mugger, violent gang or even a person willing on picking a fight with you.


Japan... country of low crime.



While the last couple of updates have given a basic idea of what is going on now, it should be noted that the trip getting from my old work-place to my apartment in Asakusa, Tokyo took a little longer than expected. What usually is a 2.5 hour bus-to-train-to-bus ride took nearly 30 hours door to door. A cramped car with little provisions (most had been sold to the locals in the minutes following the first quake) and a 45km trip home proved quite a trial unto itself.


One of the main reasons it was such as task is because of the quake, the expressways were shut down which required us to crawl along the pavement of side-streets which were packed with thousands and thousands of cars. It was near grid-lock for 40km until in the early morning when one of the expressways finally opened up.  Some may say that they felt the quake and it wasn't very strong, however it should be noted that it was strong enough to bend the top of the Tokyo Tower.






The Following Days

In the days that came shortly after the earthquake, nobody was quite sure just what to say or do.  It seemed as though very few people would want to speak about the earthquake and tsunami other than to let their friends and co-workers know that "Don't worry, my friends and family are safe."  Nobody can be blamed for such actions either as the Japanese culture internalizes stress and problems as compared to those in North America who release their stress through (in some cases) fighting, drinking and various outer mental issues.


I would like to bring to you some TV screen-grabs I produced from AsahiTV, FujiTV and NHK TV News station.


Also, please pardon the mis-alligning of the images that I have posted up.  I am still getting used to this new blog format.





At Long Last

Things are finally starting to pick up, not only offline but online as well.  As you can probably see by now, we have our galleries up and running and are in full swing uploading new works and showing some of our past events and projects.  Do keep in mind that these are somewhat 'rough' around the edges and that we are trying our best to keep up with the demand for new images while at the same time keeping the studio here in Asakusa/Ueno up and going.

我々は最近、非常に忙しいになっている.  新しいギャラリーがオンラインになっている、我々は古いものと新しい仕事の毎日より多くの写真をアップロードしている。 上野、浅草での撮影スタジオは、今のところ利用可能な夜間や週末です。これは、4月から24時間になります。


What does the future hold?  For the time being, Pozland Photography Studio Tokyo will be offering services to private individuals, small groups (up to 5 at a time in studio) and on site at various locations around Tokyo, Chiba, Yokohama (Kanagawa) and Saitama.  For now, hold onto your seats!  New pricing has also been announced at the last TIP (Tokyo Industrial Photographers Assoc.) meeting to meet the competition head on.  Be on the lookout!